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Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

American, 1874-1951

Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Germany in 1874. Leyendecker immigrated to the United States with his family in 1882. His eldest brother, Adolph, became a prominent stained glass artist, and Joe, as he was called, had an early artistic calling. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute under John H. Vanderpoel, Leyendecker enrolled at the Académie Julien in 1896, where he studied for a year with his younger brother Frank in the Beaux-Arts tradition. During his time here, he was exposed to and influenced by the works of Art Nouveau painters and printmakers Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret and Alphonse Mucha, with whom he formed a strong friendship. The next year, he staged his first one-man exhibition at the Salon du Champs de Mars and made the auspicious acquaintance of Paul Gauguin. In 1898, Leyendecker produced the first of 48 covers for Collier’s magazine. The next year, he painted his first cover for Saturday Evening Post magazine, which was the beginning of a 44-year association with that esteemed publication. Throughout his career, he would also paint covers for Life magazine, illustrations for a library of books, and transform advertising for such companies as B. Kuppenheimer & Co. and Interwoven Socks. His work for Arrow Shirt is the most well-known and beloved. Using his lover and manager, Charles Beach, as a model, Leyendecker created the ultimate image of modern American masculinity. His work for Kuppenheimer, also known as the House of Kuppenheimer, is just as iconic. Founded in 1876, the company became the manufacturer of uniforms for the United States Army during World War I. Thanks to Leyendecker's advertising, the firm became synonymous with the ultimate in male taste and desirability. Unfortunately, near the end of his career, as Leyendecker’s associations with Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post came to an end, his work fell into obscurity. When he died in 1951, his great friend Norman Rockwell, who commemorated their relationship in his painting Waiting For the Art Editor, served as one of his pallbearers.

(Biography provided by M.S. Rau)
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Artist:Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Study for Saturday Evening Post, Thanksgiving edition (Nov. 29, 1924)
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Study for the Saturday Evening Post cover - Thanksgiving edition (Nov. 29, 1924). This is a pure period piece.
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Cream of Wheat Ad Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Dimensions: 25.25" x 27.50"
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Early 20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Board, Oil

Figure Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Leyendecker Note on Back JVJ Publishing, Jim Vadeboncoeur; The Vadeboncoeur Collection of Images, Palo Alto, CA. Issue#13, Fall 2014 Joseph Ch...
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20th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for New Year's Baby (Blowing Bubbles)
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned This is a study for the cover illustration of the 1 January 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Trimming the Pie'
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Unsigned Medium: Oil and Charcoal on Canvas This piece is a preparatory study for J.C. Leyendecker’s final painting, Trimming the Pie (1935, Private Collection), which wa...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Charcoal, Oil

Boy Holding Pumpkin Carving of Teddy Roosevelt
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in New Orleans, LA
Executed for the October 26, 1912 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Boy Holding a Pumpkin Carving of Teddy Roosevelt encapsulates J.C. Leyendecker's signature style. Bold and chee...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Three Wise Men
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in New Orleans, LA
The three wise men present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus in this elegant, well-finished study by J.C. Leyendecker. Created in preparation for ...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Courtship, Success Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Sight Size 22.00" x 15.50", Framed 31.00" x 24.00" Success Magazine Cover, The Success Company, New York Literature: Success Magaz...
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Early 1900s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Soldier's Pride, House of Kuppenheimer Advertisement
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: n/a Soldier's Pride was created as a component of Kuppenheimer's six-piece easel-backed World War I advertisement placards for in-store display. The...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for World War I Soldier Collier's Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Study for the July 7, 1917 cover of Collier's National Weekly (the title story was "Why I'd Let My Boy Go To War").
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Christmas Peek, Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Sight Size 31.00" x 24.25;" Framed 37.00" x 30.00" Cover of the December 23rd, 1939 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Literatu...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Kuppenheimer Good Clothes
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 28.00" x 21.00" Signature: Unsigned Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, June 14, 1923, illustrated as Kuppenheimer Clothing Company advertisemen...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Christmas Peek,' Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil and Pencil on Canvas Laid Down on Board Study for the December 23rd, 1939 issue The Saturday Evening Post.
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil, Board, Pencil, Canvas

Preliminary Study for a Saturday Evening Post Cover "Tipping the Porter"
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Pencil on Paper Sight Size 22.00" x 17.50;" Framed 30.00" x 25.50" Signature: Unsigned Study for Cover of Saturday Evening Post Magazine, December 18, 1937 Exhibitio...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Paper, Oil, Pencil

Bonneted Lady in Church, Easter Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Signed Middle Left Cover of Saturday Evening Post magazine (Easter edition), April 1905. This is one of Leyendecker's first Easter covers for the Sa...
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Early 1900s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil, Board

Christ with Sainted Knights
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right J. C. Leyendecker’s illustrations and advertisements fueled a collective visual memory for the early 20th century American public...
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Early 1900s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Voice in the Rice
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left In the 1890s and early 1900s, as J.C. Leyendecker was developing his pictorial work for advertisements, magazine covers, and poste...
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Aviator and Woman in a White Hat by J.C. Leyendecker
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in New Orleans, LA
These rare portraits were painted by the American master of illustration, J. C. Leyendecker, as studies for Kuppenheimer advertisements. Bold and energetic, they perfectly encapsulat...
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Late 19th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

A Real Happy New Year, Amoco Advertisement
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Monogram Lower Left Sight Size 20.00" x 45.00", Framed 26.00" x 51.00" This piece was used for at least two separate Amoco advertisements. "A...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Man Dressing in Mirror
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Featured in The Saturday Evening Post
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Stoking the Furnace, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1938
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, October 15, 1938, cover illustration. J. Cohn, Covers of The Saturday Evening Post, New Yo...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Queen of the May, Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1937 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 31.00" x 24.00", Framed 38.00" x 32.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, May 15, 1937 The title “Queen...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Young Admiral, Kuppenheimer Book Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed mid-left with Full Signature Thanhardt-Burger gilt frame. Painting is fully conserved. Client / Usage: Kuppenheimer Clothiers, Chicago, Illin...
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

George Washington, Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Saturday Evening Post Cover, February 25, 1939
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Man with Baton
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Young man dressed nicely with a hat and holding a baton Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany, and came to America at the age of eight. Showing an early int...
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20th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Thanksgiving, The Saturday Evening Post cover, November 12, 1910
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Laid on Panel Signature: Signed Lower Right The Saturday Evening Post cover, November 12, 1910
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Panel

Toy Peddler Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Irish Liberty
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned The present work is a study for the cover of the March 18, 1922 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Kuppenheimer Man
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Used for signage and marketing purposes. Thanhardt-Burger carved gilt frame. Painting is fully conserved. Client / Usage: Kuppenheimer Clothiers, Chicago, Illi...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Alden, Arrow Collar Advertisement, 1922
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Laid Down on Board Signature: Inscribed with Title (Lower Center) Joseph Christian Leyendecker created the Arrow Collar Man in 1905 for Cluette, Peabody & Comp...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Board

Easter, Saturday Evening Post Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Sight Size 24.75" x 18.63", Framed 34.00" x 18.50" Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 23, 1918 Exhibited: Christie's New York, I...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Happy Landing' Amoco Ad
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil and Pencil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned During his over four decades as the preeminent illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post, Joseph Christian Leyendecker's clever ...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Pencil

Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, Peeling Apples
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: Nov 28, 1925 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 14.00" x 11.20" Signature: Unsigned Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, November 28, 1925
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Speed God Mercury, Collier's Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Sight Size 29.25" x 21.00", Framed 44.00" x 35.00" The Speed God Mercury, Collier's Magazine Cover, January 19, 1907 Leyendecker,...
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Early 1900s American Modern Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil

Study for 'Who, Me Work?' Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Signed Center Left Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover 'Who, Me Work?' January 23, 1926
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil, Board

"The Postman Always Drinks Twice", Preliminary Study for Life Magazine
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Preliminary study for Life magazine, Circa 1941. Features a study of the work titled; "The Postman Always Drinks Twice." Life Magazine page...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Politician, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1916
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, November 4, 1916 Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, November 4, 1916, illustrated on the ...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Peeling Apples, Thanksgiving Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1925
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Middle Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, November 28, 1925 Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, November 28, 1925, cover illustra...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study of Little Girl
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Unsigned A study of a little girl. Joseph Christian Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 - July 25, 1951) was one of the pre-eminent American illustrators of ...
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1920s Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Board, Oil

'Goin' South' Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned 'Goin' South' Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

General Vandegrift
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany, and came to America at the age of eight. Showing an early interest...
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1940s Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Basting the Turkey, Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Laid on Board Signature: Unsigned The Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1912 cover Study (Thanksgiving Edition)
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Board

Study for 'Flowers for the President'
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 23.50" x 27.25", Framed 29.50" x 33.00" The present work is a study for Flowers for the President commissioned by the Lincoln Na...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

General Douglas MacArthur
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right In the Timken War Bond campaign, JC Leyendecker completed more than a dozen paintings that were reproduced in all of the national...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Kuppenheimer Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Approximate Date: 1987 Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Size: 32.5" x 24"
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1980s American Modern Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Toy Maker Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Upper Left
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Challenge to Liberty
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Featured in The Saturday Evening Post, September 8, 1934. 'The Challenge to Liberty' by Herbert Hoover Story illustration Indepe...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Mortmain" by Arthur Train, Book Illustration, 1918
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Kuppenheimer Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Kuppenheimer advertisement used on the inside cover of the July 12, 1924 Saturday Evening Post
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Matador
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Unsigned
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil

The Story Teller, The Saturday Evening Post Cover Study, December 1, 1934
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Study for the Saturday Evening Post Cover, December 1, 1934
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, Easter Edition
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Mounted to Archival Board Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 17.625” x 14.375;" Framed 23.063” x 20.125" Custom Gilt Framing: Thanhardt Burger (formerly Newcomb Mac...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Board

Doctor Looking into Childs Mouth, Study for SEP Cover, 1930
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Study for the November 22, 1930 cover illustration of The Saturday Evening Post.
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Sick Man, Saturday Evening Post Cover Study, 1917
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas March 10, 1917 Preliminary Study for The Saturday Evening Post Cover
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Lucky Bag Girl
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Hand Painted Fine Print Signature: Signed Lower Left
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Paint

Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 10, 1934
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 22.70" x 19.70", Framed 29.00" x 22.00" Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 10, 1934 Leyendecker, Joseph Christian:One...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

50th Kuppenheimer Anniversary - Comprehensive Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 20.50" x 17.00", Framed 25.00" x 21.50" A study for a Saturday Evening Post advertisement on September 18, 1926. Joseph Chr...
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1920s Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Harlequin Grinning and Brandishing his Batte
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Gouache and Pencil on Board Signature: Signed Lower Left Carter's Monthly, February 1898, cover illustration. Newly Framed.
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1890s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Paintings

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Gouache, Board, Pencil

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