Hamilton King Award

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Hamilton King Award
Awarded forExcellence in illustration
CountryUnited States
Presented bySociety of Illustrators
First awarded1965

The Hamilton King Award is an annual award, presented to one individual, for excellence in illustration by the Society of Illustrators.


The Hamilton King Award was established in 1965 by Mrs. Hamilton King in memory of her husband through a bequest and is presented annually for the best illustration in the annual exhibition executed by a member of the Society of Illustrators.[1]

Hamilton King (1871–1941)[2] was a prominent illustrator who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s.[3] King illustrated the "Coca-Cola girls" for calendars from 1910 to 1913. The Coca-Cola calendar work was considered significant because the artist's signature appeared in all printed matter for Coca-Cola, including serving trays.[4]

King became well known for his "Hamilton King Girls", significantly working on behalf of Turkish Trophies Cigarettes.[5] A majority of this collection is held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.[6] Additional collections of the artist are held by the Smithsonian Institution.[7]



  1. ^ "Society of Illustrators". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  2. ^ "King, Hamilton". Oxford University Press. October 31, 2011. doi:10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.b00098749.
  3. ^ "Hamilton King". www.americanartarchives.com.
  4. ^ "Famous Artists Who Have Worked With Coca-Cola". 2012-01-01.
  5. ^ "Skating Girl, from the series "Hamilton King Girls" (T7, Type 6), issued by Turkish Trophies Cigarettes". www.metmuseum.org.
  6. ^ "Search the Collection: Hamilton King". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  7. ^ "Smithsonian Institution". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

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