“Head of Christ”
Artist: Warner Sallman (1892-1968)
Medium: Pastel on paper
14.25 x 12″ (sight)
Framed: 22 x 20″
In ink: “Philippians 2:8-11”
[8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.]
Signed: artist’s stamp “W.E. Sallman, 1921” (date of original drawing for magazine cover, see Wikipedia entry below).
Inscription: “To Rev. B. W. Selin / from his friend”
Second artist’s stamp “Warner Sallman 1941”
Obituary of Rev. Selin’s wife:
DORIS J. SELIN (nee OLSON) Passed away in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 15, 2003. She was born in Chicago September 15, 1913. She was the widow of the late Reverend Bertil W. Selin. Mrs. Selin actively supported her husband, who served as the administrator of Bethany Methodist Home and Hospital in Chicago. Upon retirement, Reverend and Mrs. Selin relocated to Florida.
Sallman and Rev. Selin both lived in Chicago. Selin’s widow died in Florida and I bought this work recently at a Florida auction.
There is a similar piece in the Messenger Art Collection, scroll down the page.
Two works by T. W. Camm:
Thomas William Camm (1839 – 1912) was an English stained glass designer and manufacturer.
Born in Spon Lane, West Bromwich, he worked for the ornamental department of Chance Brothers in Smethwick until it closed down in 1865, when he set up his own company of Camm Brothers. This was bought by the Birmingham firm of R. W. Winfield in 1882, but by 1888 Camm was again working independently as T. W. Camm.
Camm’s work was widely acclaimed. His studio won medals in Paris in 1878, in Sydney in 1879 and in Turin in 1911, and the American architect Ralph Adams Cram wrote:
at the present moment a large number of artists in England are producing work of most singular beauty and perfection. Amongst these I have no hesitation in placing Mr. Camm easily as the first.
His daughter Florence Camm produced most of the artwork for the company after his death in 1912.
Other artist-makers who worked for the company included Florence Evelyn Loach and her husband Albert Fell. They both also acted as models for Florence Camm’s work, including the ‘Dante and Beatrice’ windows, which are now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Below is a picture of T. W. Camm working on a stained glass window of Christ and Mary Magdalene, c. 1910. I have the cartoon above his head, it is 55″ high and is black & white watercolor on paper. I don’t have a good photograph of the picture itself. It’s been rolled up for a long time.
This cartoon below of the Good Shepherd, I believe, is part of the same commission as the Christ cartoon. It is watercolor on paper; 53″ high.
I bought these works at a 2016 auction in England. The auction consisted of an archive of works by the Camm Studios. The photograph of T. W. Camm working was also sold at the auction so I don’t have the reproduction rights.