Michael Angelo Woolf
(above, left; born 1837), worked as a cartoonist from the 1850′s, until his death on March 4th, 1899. His work appeared in nearly all of the New York City-published comic periodicals of that period, as well as the many non-comic, but still cartoon carrying, publications by Harper and Frank Leslie. He was best known, and loved, for his sympathetic depictions of New York City’s slum-children, or “waifs”. He was likely influenced in this by the work of John Leech, in Punch, and he in turn influenced R.F. Outcault (who in one of his own slum-kid cartoons, showed one of the waifs holding a book by Woolf), and Britain’s Phil May, whose first published cartoons were in the London comic weekly Pick-Me-Up, which in the same issues as May appeared, was ripping off and re-publishing American waif cartoons by Woolf.