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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 15.25 in. x W 23.13 in.
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John Philip Falter
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Painted 1966

$32,500

About

This charming gouache was composed by the great illustrator John Philip Falter as a jacket illustration for a 1966 edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's first novel about Tom and Huck. One of the world's best-loved books, the story features a well-known scene wherein Tom is tasked by his Aunt Polly to whitewash their fence. Rather than complete the job himself, he enlists other neighborhood boys to do the work for him. Falter ingeniously captured the unfinished fence in this work — Tom has presumably left to recruit his new workers — a compositional choice that allows the viewer to imagine the well-known narrative themselves. Called "America's most gifted illustrator" by the famed Norman Rockwell, Falter's remarkable talent for nuance and narrative is fully on display in this appropriate accompaniment to one of America's most beloved children's tales. Born in Nebraska in 1910, Falter showed an early talent for illustration as a young cartoonist in high school. He honed his craft at the Kansas City Art Institute, and in the 1930s, he earned his first important commissions producing work for advertising firms. Falter's first Saturday Evening Post cover, a portrait of Benjamin Franklin, the publication's founder, was featured on the September 1, 1943 edition. It was to begin a 25-year long relationship between the Post and the artist, who produced over 120 covers for the publication in all. Painted in 1966 Board: 12 7/8" high x 21" wide Frame: 15 1/4" high x 23 1/8" wide Provenance: The artist Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Stuart, Sr., gift from the above Private collection M.S. Rau, New Orleans

Details

  • Creator
    John Philip Falter (1910-1982, American)
  • Creation Year
    Painted 1966
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.25 in. (38.74 cm)Width: 23.13 in. (58.76 cm)
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  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 31-35291stDibs: LU1868392692

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