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Illustration for Children's Book by Cynthia Newmark, c. 1940s
By Cynthia Newmark
Located in Hallowell, ME
By New England painter Cynthia Newmark, Illustration for a children's book depicts daily life scene, girls hanging laundry. Circa 1940s. Watercolor on paper, approx. 18" x 12" image ...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

"Running Bunny Rabbit," Charming Book Illustration from the 1930s-1940s
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Absolutely winning and full of charm, this book illustration depicts a bunny rabbit running across the land, the hilly landscape rich with browns and greens, and the sky a perfect bl...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

Al Hirschfeld "Beat the Band" New York Times Broadway Theatre Illustration 1940s
By Albert Al Hirschfeld
Located in New York, NY
Framed size: 22 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches. Published in The New York Times, October 11, 1942. In collaboration the Al Hirschfeld Foundation Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the mo...
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1940s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Board

A Man's Mother, Saturday Evening Post Original Watercolor Illustration 1940
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original watercolor illustration by Nicholas Riley, American (1900 - 1944) for the Saturday Evening Post 10/19/1940. The painting was exhibited at The American Federation of Arts...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Christmas Manger Set - A Product Illustration
By George Hinke
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Illustration Board Signature: Unsigned This piece was produced as the cover art for the box containing a die-cut color lithograph manger set produced by Wells Badger ...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Illustration Board

The Confrontation, Story Illustration for the Saturday Evening Post, 1940
By Amos Sewell
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Charcoal on Paper Signature: Signed An illustration depicting a circa late 19th century woman confronting a child, whose holster and gun are lying at his feet. Featured in ...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Romance Illustration
By E.M. Jackson
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Romance Illustration As a child, Jackson shoed early interest in drawing, and took Saturday morning lessons from the only are tea...
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1940s Other Art Style Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Roger Furse "Waldemar Fitzurse - Ivanhoe" Original Costume Illustration C.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
Roger Furse "Waldemar Fitzurse - Ivanhoe" Original Costume Illustration C.1940 Dimensions 12" wide x 17.5" high The distressed frame measures 22" wide x 28" high The frame is incl...
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Early 20th Century Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

Ruckus, Story Illustration
By Edmund Ward
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1940s Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 20.00" x 34.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right Ruckus, Story Illustration
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Hotel Futura Illustration
By Joseph Binder
Located in Miami, FL
Men Who Plan Beyond Tomorrow” Advertising campaign for The world’s incredible technological inventions that we take for granted today ….. Provenance: Edgar Bronfman Sr. former C...
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1940s Futurist Landscape Paintings

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Gouache

Al Hirschfeld "Art Week" NYC illustration New York Times poster design 1940
By Albert Al Hirschfeld
Located in New York, NY
Poster design for National Art Week, November, 1940. In collaboration the Al Hirschfeld Foundation Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishi...
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1940s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Mixed Media

Consolation, Collier's magazine illustration
By Harry Beckhoff
Located in Miami, FL
Signed upper left
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1940s Academic Figurative Paintings

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Gouache

'The Good Earth' Illustration
By Charles E. Chambers
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1940s Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 24.00" x 33.00" Signature: Signed Lower Left illustration for `The Good Earth,` by Pearl S. Buck
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

American Weekly Cover Illustration
By Willy Pogany
Located in Fort Washington, PA
American Weekly cover illustration, 1949 Signed lower right. William Andrew (Willy) Pogany was a native of Hungary and his first studies in Budapest and Paris were in engineering...
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1940s Other Art Style Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

Secret Project, Magazine Story Illustration
By Amos Sewell
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1948 Medium: Oil on Board Dimensions: 17.25" x 13.50" Signature: Signed Lower Left Magazine Story Illustration
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

Cashmere Bouquet Soap Advertisement Illustration
By Haddon Hubbard Sundblom
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Cashmere Bouquet Soap ad illustration, c. 1949 Haddon Hubbard Sundblom influenced the world of advertising art for nearly forty years, winn...
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1940s Other Art Style Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Cashmere Bouquet Soap Advertisement Illustration
By Haddon Hubbard Sundblom
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Cashmere Bouquet Soap ad illustration, c. 1949 Haddon Hubbard Sundblom dominated the art field in Chicago beginning in the ‘twenties when he formed a studio pa...
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1940s Other Art Style Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Couple in Sailboat - Collier's Magazine Illustration
By Earl Oliver Hurst
Located in Miami, FL
Collier's Magazine Illustration From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Work is framed in a period wood frame
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

White nights - Fjodor Dostojevski - Original illustration
Located in Antwerp, BE
Marc Mendelson White nights (1945) Ink on paper 47.5x39.5cm (framed) Signed in pencil The original design for the illustration of the book: "Les nuits blanches de Saint-Petersbourg"...
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1940s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Scoop Boat, Saturday Evening Post Illustration
By Melbourne Brindle
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1944 Medium: Oil Dimensions: 19.00" x 22.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right Dated 1944 but published in the Saturday Evening Post dated 8-18 1945, vol 2118 issue 7, page 24, fo...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Oil

American Junior Red Cross, Poster Illustration
By Walter Beach Humphrey
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Approximate Date: 1943 Dimensions: 35.00 x 22.00" Signature: Signed Lower Left American Junior Red Cross, Poster Illustration
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Watching Over Them, Brown & Bigelow Illustration
By Herbert Morton Stoops
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Watching Over Them, Brown & Bigelow illustration
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Black & White Ink Illustration 1930-40s
By Clyde Follett Seavey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1930-40s pen on paper monochrome illustration is by San Francisco artist Clyde Follett Seavey (1920-1991). Seavey studied at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts & Crafts....
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1940s American Modern Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

"Fear" Cartoon Illustration in Ink, 1946
By Clyde Follett Seavey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1946 ink on paper illustration is by San Francisco artist Clyde Follett Seavey (1920-1991). Seavey studied at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts. He was a com...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

White nights - Fjodor Dostojevski - Original illustration
Located in Antwerp, BE
Marc Mendelson White nights (1945) Ink on paper 47.5x39.5cm (framed) Signed in pencil The original design for the illustration of the book: "Les nuits blanches de Saint-Petersbourg"...
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1940s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Story Illustration "Katie Cling & the Dutchess"
By Harry Anderson
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1944 Medium: Gouache on Board Dimensions: 20.00" x 25.00" Signature: Signed and Dated Lower Right Story Illustration: "Katie Cling & the Dutchess", by Dorothy Staley, Goo...
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1940s Interior Paintings

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Gouache, Board

Handsome Couple in Sailboat - Collier's Magazine Illustration
By Earl Oliver Hurst
Located in Miami, FL
Collier's Magazine Illustration From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Work is framed in a period wood frame
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

(Title Unknown) Illustration on Board with Matting.
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
Image measures approximately 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Matting measures 18 x 14 inches and is Unframed. Piece is in Very Good Condition.
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1940s Mixed Media

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Mixed Media

Cover illustration for "The Future Mr. Dolan"
By Rudy Nappi
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Unsigned "The ragged edges of Manhattan. . . the rowdy brothels, the dirty hallways, the seething streets of Yorkville -- this was where Mattie Dolan...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

Jacques Fath and Lucien Lelong Fashion Illustration
By Léon Bénigni
Located in New York, NY
Original ink and gouache drawing on paper, in gray mat. Original fashion illustration for a french magazine. Publishes notes in pencil in margins. Mat size: 22 7/8 x 17 5/8 in.
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Gouache, Pencil

Office Cartoon Illustration, Ink on Paper, 1946
By Clyde Follett Seavey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1946 ink on paper cartoon illustration is by San Francisco artist Clyde Follett Seavey (1920-1991). Seavey studied at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts. He w...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Speak Only With Your Heart, McCall's Illustration
By Saul Tepper
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Upper Left This illustration appeared in Edmond War's story, Speak Only With Your Heart, McCall's magazine, 1942. From the Estate of Charles...
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1940s Romantic Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Rita Hayworth & Glen Ford, Movie Poster Illustration
By Bradshaw Crandell
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1948 Medium: Pastel on Board Dimensions: 26.00" x 36.00" Signature: Signed Lower Left This is the original artwork for the 1948 half sheet poster "The Loves of Carmen"
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1940s Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Pastel, Board

Yosuke Matsoke, Time magazine cover illustration , July 7, 1941
By Ernest Hamlin Baker
Located in Miami, FL
Ernest Hamlin Baker is one of America's greatest artist that no one has ever heard of. Take a look at his full body of work. If you haven't noticed, Ernest Hamlin Baker is an excepti...
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1940s American Realist Portrait Paintings

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Gouache

The Lord's Prayer, Illustration for Coronet Magazine, 1945
By Arthur Szyk
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Ink and Gouache on Stiff Paper Signature: Signed Lower Right "The Lord's Prayer." Illustration published in the January 1946 edition of Coronet magazine, appearing on the in...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Ink

Case of the Crying Swallows, Magazine Story Illustration
By Robert Douglas
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Signed Lower Left Illustration from The American Magazine printing of "The Case of the Crying Swallow", a Perry Mason short story by Erle Stanley Gardner
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Oil

Le Georgiche di Virgilio, including illustrations by G. Manzù
By Giacomo Manzú
Located in Roma, IT
Edition of 165 copies including 20 etchings by G. Manzù. Copy on carta a Tino di Fabriano. Near perfect conditions. Realised by Officine Bodoni, Giovanni Mmardersteig. Italian vers...
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1940s More Art

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Paper, Etching

"The Fantastic Armada," Story Illustration, Ladies Home Journal
By Rico Tomaso
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Sight Size 26.00" x 19.50;" Framed 61.60" x 26.00" "The Fantastic Armada" by Dorothy Black and illustrated by Rico Tomaso for Ladi...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Art Journalism -War Lessons, Magazine Illustration for Collier's
By Martha Sawyers
Located in Miami, FL
Marta Sawyers. Illustrator Journalist. She was sent to war ravaged countries to “Paint the Story”. What's unique here? This represents the work an Artist Journalist/War Corresponde...
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1940s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

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Pastel

Guest Husband, Journal magazine interior illustration, March 1946
By John Gannam
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signed Lower Center A copy of the magazine accompanies this lot.
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1940s Mixed Media

Materials

Gouache, Board, Watercolor

Man Flipping a Coin, Probable Interior Magazine Illustration, 1942
By Andrew Loomis
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1942 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 24.00" x 48.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Art Deco Glamour illustration, Golden Age of Hollywood
By Jaro Fabry
Located in Miami, FL
Caption: "He proposed this morning right after the alarm clock went off." From the Estate of Charles Martignette Signed lower center unframed
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1940s Art Deco Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Watercolor

North Pole Airport Illustration - “Men Who Plan Beyond Tomorrow”
By Joseph Binder
Located in Miami, FL
North Pole Airport - “Men Who Plan Beyond Tomorrow” Prognostications of a Future High Tech World in the early 1940’s. “ Men Who Plan Beyond Tomorrow” Advertising campaign for Sea...
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1940s Futurist Landscape Paintings

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Gouache

Young girl Redhead Holding her father's hand Illustration
By Robert Riggs
Located in Miami, FL
There is a reason why there are few contemporary painters who can paint a portrait this good. It's hard to do. It's easy to throw some paint or spray a mess of graffiti on canvas. ...
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1940s American Realist Portrait Paintings

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Oil

"Sticky Monkey Flower, Big Sur" - Mid Century Botanical Illustration
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful mid-century ink brush botanical illustration titled "Sticky Monkey Flower, Big Sur" by Margaret Wentworth Millard Owings (American, 1914-1999). Signed "Margaret Wentworth'...
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1940s American Impressionist Still-life Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Lorence Bjorklund "Don Hurricane", original ink on illustration board
By Lorence Bjorklund
Located in Glenview, IL
"don Hurricane" by Swedish American pulp artist Lorence Bjorklund (1913 - 1978) is an ink drawing on illustration board representing two fighting male figures somewhere in the "Wild ...
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1940s Other Art Style Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink

"There is No Love," Saturday Evening Post Magazine Illustration
By Wilson Mortimer Jr.
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas The oil on canvas illustration is bearing a Saturday Evening Post label verso, used to illustrate the short story There Is No Love, in the October 18th, 1941 i...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Remembered Anger," Story Illustration for the Saturday Evening Post
By Amos Sewell
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Signed Lower Right Story featured in The Saturday Evening Post, 1945 “Remembered Anger” by Martha Albrand Story illustration: Man in showgirl's dres...
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1940s Interior Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Persuasion" Illustration of Children, Gouache on Paper, Circa 1950s
By Clyde Follett Seavey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This mid 20th century gouache on paper painting entitled "Persuasion" is by San Francisco artist Clyde Follett Seavey (1920-1991). Seavey studied at UC Berkeley and California Colleg...
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1940s American Modern Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

"Someone Had Made a Mistake" Ink on Paper Illustration, 1946
By Clyde Follett Seavey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1946 ink on paper cartoon illustration is by San Francisco artist Clyde Follett Seavey (1920-1991). Seavey studied at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts. He ...
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1940s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink

Illustration of landing anti-tank guns and jeeps by parachute.
By Bryan De Grineau
Located in New York, NY
Original charcoal and gouache illustration for Illustrated London News. London, 1944.
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1940s Realist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Gouache

"The Refugee," Story Illustration for the Saturday Evening Post
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Mixed Media on Whatman Drawing Board Signature: Signed Lower Right Titled and marked "P4447" on Saturday Evening Post label verso. "The Refugee" by Bud Hutton and illustrate...
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1940s Mixed Media

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Mixed Media, Board

Lorence Bjorklund "Sonny Tabor's Silver Handcuffs", ink on illustration board
By Lorence Bjorklund
Located in Glenview, IL
"Sonny Tabor's Silver Handcuffs" by Swedish American pulp artist Lorence Bjorklund (1913 - 1978) is an ink drawing on illustration board representing a wagon and a human figure falli...
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1940s Other Art Style Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Ink

"The Clever Sister.", Story Illustration for Woman's Home Companion
By Edwin Georgi
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: December, 1946 Medium: Gouache and Graphite on Board Dimensions: 17.50" x 26.75" Signature: Unsigned "The Clever Sister." Illustration for the first part of the story of the s...
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1940s Figurative Paintings

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Gouache, Board, Graphite

Couples Greeting at Hotel, Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post
By Alex Ross
Located in Miami, FL
Beautifully rendered in a loose and quick style. Alex Ross captures the moment where an attractive late 1940's couple meets. Work is unframed. Excellent condition Signature: Signed...
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1940s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gouache

"Marvin P." Monochromatic Portrait Illustration of a Man in Charcoal, Circa 1945
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa 1945 monochromatic charcoal on paper portrait of a man named Marvin P. is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scuo...
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1940s American Modern Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Academic Monochromatic Illustration of a Man's Profile in Charcoal, Circa 1945
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa 1945 charcoal on paper illustrative portrait drawing of a man's profile is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scu...
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1940s Academic Portrait Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Charcoal

Lorence Bjorklund "The Whistlin' Kids ... Trail", ink on illustration board
By Lorence Bjorklund
Located in Glenview, IL
"The Whistlin' Kids (illegible) Trail " by Swedish American pulp artist Lorence Bjorklund (1913 - 1978) is an ink drawing on illustration board representing a horseback rider being c...
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1940s Other Art Style Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Ink

Lettres d'Espagne - Artist Book with Original Illustrations by Clavé - 1944
By Antoni Clavé
Located in Roma, IT
Edition of 300 copies, 116 pp, including 27 original color lithographs by Antoni Clavé, including 8 out of text. Editions Galatea, Paris. Copy on Velin de Rives paper, in very good...
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1940s More Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Moby Dick 4 original mid century illustrations for Herman Melville's masterpiece
By Rockwell Kent
Located in Norwich, GB
A stunning ensemble of fiour original mid century illustrations for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" . Whilst sharing the modernist, stylised approach of Rockwell Kent's works on the sa...
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1940s Modern Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

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