Frederick Stanton Perkins 1832-1899, American

Floral Still Life

oil on canvas, 34 x 25″



Hans Tichy 1861-1925, Austrian

‘Marian Shrine’

watercolor on paper, 16 x 13″ (sight), dated 1897



William Partridge Burpee 1846-1940, American

Woman carrying brush

Pastel on paper, 8 x 6″ (sight)



Frank Henry Mason 1876-1965, British

Boy with Donkey

Watercolor on paper, 17 x 12″, initialed lower right

Condition: age toning



Arthur Wardle, 1860-1949, British

[Leopard at Rest]

Colored pencil and wash on card laid on board; card dimensions: 9 x 11.5″; SLR: “Arthur Wardle ‘90”; Condition: some spotting and foxing; mat burn.



[Stalking Leopard]

Pencil on paper; 13.5 x 11″; SLR: “Arthur Wardle”

Condition: mat burn; age toning; paper a bit “wavy”


Art at Auction: Charles Dana Gibson

In the June 5, 2018 illustration auction at Swann Auction Galleries, there is an original pen and ink illustration by Charles Dana Gibson, (1867-1944), from Life magazine:


It appeared in the September 23, 1897 issue, page 247, for a story by Louis Evan Shipman, As Told by the Girl. / In Three Conversations (1.) under the caption,”‘Yes, That’s Just it,’ she answered.”  There were two later installments illustrated by different illustrators;view=1up;seq=258

Shipman turned the stories into a book, Predicaments, which was published in 1899.  This illustration appeared under the caption, “Sally, I’m in love,” facing page 16.



Art at Auction: John La Gatta

There is an advertising illustration of a woman wearing a silk slip and washing her hair in a pool of water by John La Gatta (1894-1977) coming up for sale on June 5, 2018 at Swann Auction Galleries.


See this link to the National Museum of American Illustration for more information about the artist,


The illustration in the sale might have been done for Laros Lingerie c. 1940 for either a magazine ad or Laros catalog.


Below is an similar illustration by La Gatta for Laros:


In 1938, Laros come out with “Dimensional Slip” which was billed as the best fitting slip on the market:


This image comes from a history of the company:

Art at Auction: Archie Gunn

Some very nice original postcard illustrations by Archie Gunn (1863-1930) are coming up for sale at Swann Auction Galleries’ June 5 illustration sale.  They are lots 86 to 89.

See for a good biography,>

Archie Gunn was a prolific illustrator.  See CardCow for more examples:

The originals watercolors are followed by the postcard reproductions:

Miss Canada, also known as Miss Toronto

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Miss Chicago


Bride of Niagara

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Rolling Skating Girl


Swann Items

Harry W. McVickar (1860-1905) was one of the original artists for Life magazine, and before Charles Dana Gibson, his cartoons focused on social commentary.  He went on to co-found Vogue magazine in 1893 and became its first Art Director.

Important drawing from the first issue of Life magazine, January 4, 1883, p. 5.

“What Hinders.” pen and ink on paper; 11 x 8.5″; signed lower right; condition: Surface dirt, white-out around signature; tack mark

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An article about the artist:

Art His Diversion


Thomas Maybank (1869-1929)

Six watercolor on board illustrations for Treasure of the Woods by Elsie Blomfield, 1922. Each 10 x 8″.  Each signed and inscribed on the reverse; good condition (I have not found a copy of the book available.)

No.4 ‘…Do hurry and see what it is’, And he disappeared over the hill top’

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No.5 ‘…It’s all my fault that the whole Greenwood is in trouble’

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No.13 ‘…Suddenly Florence felt something poking her in the back’

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No.15 ‘…only queer twisted trees that looked like Goblins faces grew among the rocks’

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No.18 ‘…’I ain’t inspired to fight Dragons, and never will be’, said the horse.

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No.22 ‘…This attack was so unexpected that the dragon forgot the knight.

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Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940)

Pen and ink thick paper, Sheet: 9 3/4 x 9″; backing: 12 x 11″, signed lower left; Condition: separated from backing; new skirt pasted over old; good condition

“To Arcady” by Beatrice Hanscom, The Century Magazine, Vol. LX, No. 4, August, 1900, p. 640.



George Hand Wright (1872-1951)

Colored pencil on paper, 17 1/4 x 12 1/2, signed lower right; Condition: soiling; 5 evenly spaced holes at right

[Woman on the telephone] Pictorial Review, 1924.



Laurence Fellows (1885-1964)

Pen and ink; blue pencil engraving instructions on paper; 13 3/4 x 17 1/2″; signed lower right. Condition: soiled, losses to lower right.

[Three women] probably done for Vogue Magazine.  see




Frederic R. Gruger (1871-1953)

Graphite on illustration board; Image: 9 x 14 3/4″; 13 3/4 x 20″; Condition: generally clean

“The Flying Fish” by Arthur Somers Roche

Colliers, August 10, 1918, p. 13; Chapter 11: “Find Mr. Farl”



Richard Amsel (1947-1985)

Pencil on artist board; 19 x 12″; signed lower right.

Condition: lightsoiling

[Fashion Drawing,] 1967



Arthur Wardle (1860-1949)

Colored pencil and wash on card laid on board; card dimensions: 23 x 29cm; SLR: “Arthur Wardle ‘90”; Condition: some spotting and foxing; mat burn.

[Leopard at Rest]



Arthur Wardle (1860-1949)

Pencil on paper; 35 x 28cm; SLR: “Arthur Wardle”; Condition: mat burn; age toning; paper a bit “wavy”

[Stalking Leopard]






Art at Auction: Paul Stahr World War 1 Cover

A January 10, 1918 Life magazine cover illustration is coming up for sale at Copake Auction on January 1, 2018:




Paul Stahr (1883-1953) was a prolific illustrator who painted for numerous magazines:


In this auction, there are a number of Cream of Wheat illustrations by Edward Vincent Brewer as well:


Art at Auction: World War 1 painting by F.C. Yohn

Recently, Millea Brothers auctioned a painting by Frederick Coffay Yohn with the title, “Soldiers at War.”

Frederick C. Yohn, large painting, Frederick Coffay Yohn (American,1875-1933), Soldiers at War, c. 1922, oil on artist board, illustration art, signed and dated lower right, 31″h x 44.5″w (sight), 35.5″h x 49″w (frame)

Provenance: Property from the Collection of Charles E. Sigety – The late Charles E. Sigety was a renound collector of Americana, ranging from examples of Norman Rockwell to important historic documents. Christie’s New York sold a selection of Sigety’s collection in 2016.

It depicts what looks to be a soldier urging his comrades forward during a battle:


This image comes from the December 1918 issue of Scribner’s Magazine, called “An Incident of the Second Battle of the Marne.”


The subtitle is: “‘Go in boys; finish ’em up.  I can’t help you anymore.’  –The last words of an officer as he died fighting on the Ourcq [River].  This incident of the 42d Division (Rainbow Division) was reported in the New York papers of August 8, 1918.”  After searching numerous New York papers for this date, I could find no reference to this incident.



Yohn painted a series of World War 1 battle scenes, and perhaps his most famous is:

“The Last Night of the War / 5th Marines on the Night of 10-11 November 1918” (Marine Corps Art Collection)


Here is a short biography of F.C. Yohn from Wikipedia: “Yohn’s work appeared in publications including Scribner’s MagazineHarper’s Magazine, and Collier’s Weekly. Books he illustrated included Jack London‘s A Daughter of the SnowsFrances Hodgson Burnett‘s The Dawn of a To-morrow and Henry Cabot Lodge‘s Story of the American Revolution. He studied at the Indianapolis Art School during his first student year and then studied at the Art Students League of New York under Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928). Mowbray studied at the Atelier of Léon Bonnat in Paris. Yohn often specialized in historical military themes, especially of the American Revolution, as well as the First World War. He designed the 2 cent US Postal Service stamp in 1929 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of George Rogers Clark‘s Victory over the British at Sackville. He is best known for his painting of George Washington at Valley Forge.”