Fine Lines


Fine Lines: Cartoons from the WSHS Collections
November 5, 2022 – June 11, 2023
This exhibition will tickle your funny bone! See cartoons and illustrations from the Washington State Historical Society’s collections, many of which have never been shown in a gallery setting. Dating from the early 1900s, you’ll be surprised at how relevant the cartoons still are today.

Work from these artists (and more) will be on view:

John “Dok” Hager
James Griswold
Howard Fisher
Ronald Debs Ginther
Marja Van Wijk
Ralph Chaplin
Works on view will rotate throughout the run of the show, so come back to see new pieces!


The art of cartooning has been practiced by humans for centuries. What we think of as “cartoons” today began in the 16th century when artists such as Leonardo da Vinci used caricatures in early sketches to provide shape and form to their artwork. Cartoons later evolved as a form of satire and political protest and were used as such throughout history, notably during the French Revolution (1789-1799) and the American Civil War (1860-1865).

  • Saturday, Nov. 5 - Sunday, Jun. 11, 2023
  • Location: 1910 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA
Fine Lines