Peter Sheaf Hersey Newell (b)) (1862-1924) was born on a farm in Illinois but showed no inclination for the farming life. He was educated in public schools and showed and early ¬and continuing¬ talent for caricatures. Even when he moved into illustration magazines and books, humor is always a primary part of the content.
He became one of the biggest names in the world of periodicals. By the 1880s he was publishing illustrations in publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Scribner’s Magazine, Judge, and The Saturday Evening Post.