Charles Gates Sheldon (1889-1960) Original Magazine Cover Art (1933). Charles Sheldon had an extraordinary career as an illustrator, and his many accomplishments in commercial art are still admired and collected today. His creation of the "Breck Girl" in the mid-1930s became a beloved image in American advertising and appeared in the company's shampoo ads for a quarter of a century. While Sheldon's unique pastel images graced numerous ads and the covers of many of the major magazines, it was the hundreds of movie stars he painted for Photoplay, Movie Classic, Screenland, and similar movie magazines, that brought him the greatest acclaim. His exquisite pastel portraits of such stars as Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and other stars of the '20s and '30s are perhaps his greatest contribution to the world of glamour illustration. A striking example is this portrait of Joan Crawford for the May, 1933 cover of Screenland magazine. Executed in pastel on board, it measures 25 x 19 with an image size of approximately 15 x 11, and is signed lower left.

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