Louis Fancher

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Louis D. Fancher
U.S. Official War Pictures, by Louis Fancher.jpg
Propaganda poster by Fancher for the U.S. Committee on Public Information, 1917
Born (1884-12-25)25 December 1884
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Died 2 March 1944(1944-03-02) (aged 59)
New York City, New York, US
Nationality American
Known for Illustrator, painter

Louis Delton 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]


In 1884, Fancher was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He 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[edit]

Fancher illustrated two of books of humorous maxims Gelett Burgess, 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. He also created postcards for automobile companies, including Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, and Packard. His illustrations for the latter featured the Packard "38" Runabout in Holland, the "38" Phaeton in Paris and the "48" touring car at the Grand Canyon).


  1. ^ a b Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940 (Hughes Pub Co; 2nd edition, June 1989) ISBN 978-0-9616112-1-7
  2. ^ Peter H. Falk (1988). Frank S. Herrmann, 1866-1942: a separate reality. ISBN 978-0-932087-00-3. 
  3. ^ Howard Moneta (2005-10-01). Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide 2006-2007. ISBN 978-1-933295-07-7. 

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