Flagg, James Montgomery

Flagg, James Montgomery,

1877–1960, American painter, illustrator, and author, b. Pelham Manor, N.Y. He studied in New York City, in England, and in Paris. Returning to New York, he rapidly won a reputation as an illustrator of versatility, vivacity, and technical skill, contributing to St. Nicholas, Judge, Life, and other magazines. As official artist for New York state during World War I, he designed 45 military posters.


See his autobiography, Roses and Buckshot (1946).

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Flagg, James Montgomery

(1877–1960) illustrator; born in Pelham Manor, N.Y. Based in New York City, he studied at the Art Students League (1893), and in England and France. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, he was a prolific illustrator for periodicals including St. Nicholas, Life, and Judge. He is known for his World War I posters, including the "I Want You" portrait of Uncle Sam, and for his popular images of young women of the time, commonly called "Flagg Girls."
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