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.

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https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2480+++++127+&refno=++743505&saletype=

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

https://americanillustration.org/project/john-lagatta/

 

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

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Below is an similar illustration by La Gatta for Laros:

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

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This image comes from a history of the company:

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2018/01/how_you_can_help_chronicle_leh.html

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.

https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=1&sale_no=2480&st=D&viewby=lot_asc&ps=200

See pulpartists.com for a good biography, https://www.pulpartists.com/Gunn.html>

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

https://www.cardcow.com/search3.php?section=unsold&in_category=&s=archie+gunn

The originals watercolors are followed by the postcard reproductions:

Miss Canada, also known as Miss Toronto

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Miss Chicago

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Bride of Niagara

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Rolling Skating Girl

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Swann Items

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.

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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.

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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 https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/illustrations/laurence-fellows-vogue-magazine-original-art-conde-nast-publ-c-1920s-/a/121806-12056.s

 

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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”

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Richard Amsel (1947-1985)

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

Condition: lightsoiling

[Fashion Drawing,] 1967

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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]

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Arthur Wardle (1860-1949)

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

[Stalking Leopard]

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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:

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/58308126_paul-stahr-1883-1953

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

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

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https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/58308146_edward-vincent-brewer-1883-1971

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.

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/57761145_frederick-c-yohn-large-painting

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

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

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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.

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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)

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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.”

 

Art for Sale at Chris Beetles in London: Charles Dana Gibson Political Drawing from 1887

This drawing is currently for sale at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London.  The gallery is about to have their annual British Art of Illustration sale.

http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/american/political-nightmare.html

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“Political Nightmare”

Price £1,750.00

SIGNED
PEN AND INK
12 X 17 1/2 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE JEFFREY ARCHER POLITICAL CARTOON COLLECTION
EXHIBITED: ‘THE AMERICANS ARE COMING’, 5-30 MAY 2015;
‘THE ILLUSTRATORS. THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION
1880-2017’, NOVEMBER 2017-JANUARY 2018, NO 84

The above illustration appeared in May 14, 1887 edition of Tid-Bits, a weekly humor magazine:

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Grover Cleveland was the 22nd President of the United States, from 1885 to 1889.  He would indeed lose the 1888 election for his second term but he was re-elected in 1893 as the 24th President.  He was the only President to serve two terms non-consecutively.

Early in his career and before the “Gibson Girl”, Charles Dana Gibson often drew political cartoons for both Life and Tid-Bits magazines:

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These cartoons were both drawn before he was twenty years old.  Compared to the drawing below which dates to about ten years later, his style during the early late 1880s/early 1890s was tighter and less fluid.Gibson Girl

 

 

Art at Auction: John Sloan and Bristol Bricks, 1941

A John Sloan painting recently went through auction at William Bunch Auctions.  John Sloan (1871-1951) was a well-known artist and a founder of the Ashcan School of artists.

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/55995867_american-school-20th-c-ob-tol-bricks.

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The painting is oil on board and shows an overcast urban landscape and river view with piles of bricks and rubble in the left foreground.  On the reverse it is entitled [Tol Bricks / N.Y.C.”]

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An internet search for “Tol Bricks” didn’t come up with a match but “Bristol Bricks”  and “New York City” did.

In 1941, empty cargo ships returning to the Port of New York from the United Kingdom carried bomb debris from destroyed buildings in Bristol, England as ballast.  The bricks and concrete were used as landfill to construct East River Drive between 23rd and 34th streets.

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And what became Waterside Plaza (photograph from the 1970s):

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The newspaper photograph and the photo from Waterside Plaza show the Queensboro Bridge and large smoke stacks in the background.

A view that is the same as the painting’s:

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Detail:

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A plaque was laid in 1942 to commemorate the naming of part of the area:

BRISTOL BASIN

BENEATH THIS EAST RIVER
DRIVE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
LIE STONES, BRICKS AND RUBBLE
FROM THE BOMBED CITY OF BRISTOL
IN ENGLAND… BROUGHT HERE IN
BALLAST FROM OVERSEAS, THESE
FRAGMENTS THAT WERE ONCE HOMES
SHALL TESTIFY WHILE MEN LOVE
FREEDOM TO THE RESOLUTION AND
FORTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN.
THE SAW THEIR HOME STRUCK DOWN
WITHOUT WARNING…. IT WAS NOT
THEIR WALLS BUT THEIR VALOR
THAT KEPT THEM FREE ……

And broad-based under all
Is planted England’s oaken-hearted mood,
As rich in fortitude
As e’er went worldward from the island-wall.

ERECTED BY THE
ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF THE UNITED STATES
** 1942 **

https://read-the-plaque.appspot.com/plaque/bristol-basin

In 1974, Cary Grant, who was from Bristol, rededicated the plaque:

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https://read-the-plaque.appspot.com/plaque/bristol-basin