was born in 1871 in Fort McHenry, Maryland. He received art training
from the Boston School of Fine Arts, graduating with honors. He
later studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. He returned
to the United States and became a professor of drawing at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. He returned to Paris to accept the position
of art editor for the European edition of the Herald-Tribune
after the turn of the century. Cushing submitted his first cartoons
to Life in late 1906, which were accepted and accompanied
by an offer to join the magazine's staff.
style was rigidly formal and mannered. Many of Cushing's drawings
contain Greek gods and goddesses. His characters conveyed an Olympian
atmosphere even when such elements were not included. During World
War I Cushing left Life and served in the Army Air Corps.
He retired to his home in New Rochelle, New York, after the war
and was a successful watercolorist.
died in New Rochelle, New York, 13 October, 1942.
Maurice, ed. The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons. 2d ed. Philadelphia:
Chelsea House Publishers, 1999.