Thursday, December 27, 2012

Master Copy #11

Dean Cornwell after Frank Brangwyn

Cornwell after Brangwyn, Cinerarias, gouache on board

Frank Brangwyn, Cinerarias,1922 Oil on canvas, 104.1 x 114.9 cm ; Atkinson Art Gallery Collection
The Cornwell~

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Frank Brangwyn ~ Nativity Window

Nativity Window, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury, Berkshire

The design for this stained-glass window was commissioned by Lady Webley-Parry-Pryse in memory of her mother, Mrs Webley-Parry, who had died on 2 September 1917. Mrs Webley-Parry had given very generously of her time and money in parish affairs. The three-light window is situated in the north aisle of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury. The design was executed in glass by James Sylvester Sparrow.

Stained Glass design for the Nativity Window, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bucklebury, Berkshire, circa 1917

Watercolour, gouache and ink over charcoal on buff coloured paper 
63 inches x 16 inches / 160.02 x 40.64 cm

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rockwell inspired by Vibert?

or: Inspired By(?) #7

Was Norman Rockwell inspired by J.G. Vibert?
Let us check the list: fat man, globe, magnifying glass, skull cap, red outfit… coincidence, I think not!

J.C. Leyendecker ~ December 1905

1874 - 1951
signed J.C. Leyendecker l.l.
oil on canvas
22 by 15 1/2 in.
(55.9 by 39.4 dm)

Notice how the artist altered the canvas after publication: the lettering Success Magazine and December 1905 have been overpainted, a bow added, and the woman's averted eyes have been non-averted. (Magenta "glaze" courtesy the printer.)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Norman Rockwell ~ Merrie Christmas, 1936

Under the Mistletoe, originally titled Feast for a Traveler

 1894 - 1978
signed Norman Rockwell, l.r.
oil on canvas
37 by 32 in.
(94 by 81.3 cm)

The Saturday Evening Post, December 19, 1936

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Norman Rockwell ~ Merrie Christmas, 1928

 (1894 - 1978)
signed Norman Rockwell (lower right)
oil on canvas
34 by 26 inches
(86.4 by 66 cm)
Painted in 1928.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Norman Rockwell ~ Merry Christmas, 1931

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Merry Christmas: Concert Trio
signed 'Norman/Rockwell' (lower right)
oil on canvas 
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)

The Saturday Evening Post, December 12, 1931, cover illustration. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rockwell Santa‽ - 1919

1894 - 1978


signed Norman Rockwell, l.r.
oil on canvas
31 1/4 by 27 in.
79.4 by 68.6 cm.

Painted in 1919.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sundblom Santa, 1974

Haddon H. Sundblom (1899-1976)
signed 'Sundblom' (lower right) 

oil on canvas 
18 x 20 in. (45.7 x 50.8 cm.) 

Private collection, commissioned from the artist, 1974.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

More Floyd Davis!

"Floyd Davis was one of the great figures of American illustration," ~ Walt Reed

Floyd paints Gladys

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Floyd MacMillan Davis  (1896 - 1966)

or: Not a Famous Artist

“Like every illustrator who is worth his salt, his pictures are painted with imagination and honesty.  He manages to put excitement into them and impact and a differentness born of his own originality.  His style and approach are so original that they encourage imitators, and at the same time make the task of imitators insuperably difficult.  Davis has such a feeling for characterization that none of the people he draws are ordinary, and he is willing to lavish loving care upon a job and put all into it he feels it needs regardless of time and effort.” ~ Ernest W. Watson**

Gladys Rockmore Davis wife of America's No. 1 Illustrator Floyd Davis ~ from LIFE Apr 19, 1943

Mr. Floyd Davis. Distinguished Artist-Correspondent