Color painting of the R.M.S. Titanic at sea.
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Newspaper Coverage

Inaccurate or Misleading Reporting

Headline Coverage

Editorial Cartoons

High Society on the High Seas

Man vs. Nature…
Nature Wins

Aftermath and Inquiry


In 1912 journalistic photography was still enjoying its adolescence, the editorial cartoonist, therefore, provided a familiar and significant service reflecting the popular emotion and sentiment of the tragedy not captured by film. Two basic slants were taken by the artists: the defeat of man by nature, and the heartrending sadness of the loss itself. The following evocative images will highlight these themes, of particular note are those of John T. McCutcheon, a syndicated artist whose work often appeared in the Times-Dispatch of Richmond, Virginia.

Defeat By Nature

  The Tragedy and Loss