DescriptionOrson Byron Lowell Conceptual Drawings Original Art (c. 1920s). As prolific as his published output was during the first half of the last century, Lowell cranked out many times that volume in preliminary miniature pieces. Here is a splendid suite of gridwork sketches, roughed out in fairly detailed pencil-strokes. The grids (in orange ink) served to compartmentalize the images into sectors, in preparation for their enlargement to fully sized, finished art. These would have served such markets as Life (in its early years as a satiric title), Cosmopolitan (as a literary journal), and The Saturday Evening Post. Though obscured by the passage of time, Lowell made something of a posthumous comeback in 2002 with a retrospective of his work at Massachusetts' Norman Rockwell Museum. Graphite and ink grids on bond paper. General image area, 2.5" x 3" to 5.5" x 4". Moderate toning, with occasional nicked corners. Excellent condition.
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