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Worth Avenue holiday symbols, original watercolor painting


This David Willson original watercolor cartoon was painted for the Palm Beach Daily News and ran as the editorial cartoon on Nov. 29, 1992.

In order to avoid the appearance of favoring one religion over another during the holidays, the Palm Beach Town Council banned any religious displays on public property. But when the merchants’ association wanted to install a large Christmas tree in the public right-of-way on Worth Avenue, the council declared that Christmas trees were a secular symbol and granted permission.

Of course, Worth Avenue is dedicated to one secular holiday shopping symbol in particular.

This cartoon was republished in David’s Cartoonistry column on Dec. 7, 2014 when he wrote about a crazy state-wide holiday symbol war.

Product Description

Unframed original cartoon illustration, painted on 8 1/2″ X 10 3/8″ bond sketch paper in lamp black watercolor and opaque white acrylic, and lettered with art marker.

Note: This is one of David Willson’s earliest Palm Beach Daily News editorial cartoons and as such exhibits characteristics unique to the period including variable size ratios and paper stock as well as the occasional print production crop marks in colored pencil.


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