Photograph was edited for publication purposes. James Guilford Swinnerton (1875-1974) was an American cartoonist and landscape painter of Southwest deserts. While still a teenager, he began his career as a staff cartoonist at William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. After having been diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1906, Swinnerton moved to Colton in Riverside County. He ended up staying in Southern California and eventually keeping a home there and another in Arizona; in the early 1940s, he lived at 1261 North Laurel Avenue in Los Angeles. From about 1920 to 1965, he painted desert scenes and kept a studio in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, where he died at age 98. Photograph caption dated June 2, 1949 reads, "Jimmy Swinnerton, right, shown with Mayor Fletcher Bowron, as some of the former's famous pictures of the west are exhibited in City Hall to aid the United States Treasury's savings bond sales. The show will continue through June."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
Bowron, Fletcher,--1887-1968 Swinnerton, Jimmy,--1875-1974 Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.) Mayors--California--Los Angeles Artists--United States Cartoonists--United States Deserts in art Savings bonds--United States Art--California--Los Angeles--Exhibitions Pipe smokers--California--Los Angeles City halls--California--Los Angeles Landscape paintings Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs