American Illustrators in Fine Art Auction
Before digital fashion photography, Photoshop and airbrushing, American magazines relied on the talent of advertising and fashion illustrators to insure their covers made a splash. Norman Rockwell, the most recognized example of these illustrators, often depicted every day life in a comedic way in his magazine covers, several of which we have sold in past auctions.
In the upcoming American and European Fine Art sale on May 25, we will be featuring a number of works by Rockwell’s talented contemporaries. We are pleased to offer three works on paper by American illustrator Albert Hampson. Like Rockwell, Hampson is also well known for his artwork showing everyday life while creating vibrant illustrations that have a wonderful comedic charm. Hampson has been featured as the covers on the Saturday Evening Post, Look and other popular publications of the time. Once a former semi-professional football player, Hampson was sitting in the bleachers at a Navy-Army football game when he conceived his first Saturday Evening Post cover featured in our sale, Sink the Navy.
Illustrator Jon Whitcomb has also created various cover illustrations and is most well known for his depictions of glamorous young women of the 1940s and 50s. He began his career creating illustrations for travel and theater posters and furthered his career by illustrating for some of the most popular magazines at the time including Good Housekeeping, Collier’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan. The illustration included in our upcoming auction, Lady with a Green Hat, graced the cover of the May 1948 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
The Fine Art auctions will be held in Chicago, May 24-25. Click here for more details.
Friday, May 20 | 10am – 5pm
Saturday, May 21 | 10am – 3pm
Sunday, May 22 | 12pm – 4pm
Monday, May 23 | 10am – 5pm