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Louis D. Fancher
Propaganda poster for U.S. Committee on Public Information, 1917, by Louis D. Fancher.
Born 25 December 1884(1884-12-25)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died 2 March 1944 (aged 59)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Field Illustrator, Painter

Louis D. Fancher (December 25, 1884–March 2, 1944) was an American artist and illustrator, notable for his drawings that appeared in books, in magazines, and on propaganda posters during World War I.[1][2][3]


Fancher was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1884 and was a student of Henry Siddons Mowbray, Robert Henri, and Kenyon Cox. He was active in San Francisco as well as in New York, where he lived most of his life.[1]

Notable works

Fancher illustrated two of Gelett Burgess' books of humorous maxims, including The Maxims of Methuselah and The Maxims of Noah. He also created well-known propaganda and recruitment posters for the aviation section of the United States Army Signal Corps and the Committee on Public Information. Two of his oil paintings were "Price 10 Cents," which had a winter sleigh theme, and "Moving Lumber," which followed an exotic theme with an elephant carrying a tree trunk through a jungle.


  1. ^ a b Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940 (Hughes Pub Co; 2nd edition, June 1989) ISBN 978-0961611217
  2. ^ Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Sound View Press, June 1985) ISBN 978-0932087003
  3. ^ Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition (LTB Gordonsart Inc., October 2005) ISBN 978-1933295077


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