DescriptionDean Cornwell (1892-1960) Original Magazine Story Illustration (1927). Dean Cornwell was one of the most accomplished illustrators of the 20th century, and a master in every aspect of his craft. Through the teachings of Harvey Dunn, Cornwell carried on the Pyle-Brandywine tradition, eventually conceiving a unique style of his own that is still widely praised and studied today. Throughout his career, he produced thought-provoking and timely images in nearly every area of the commercial field: story illustrations, advertisements, murals, and book illustrations, were all treated to his creative hand.
This painting was published in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1927 and accompanied the story entitled, As Brands from the Burning by Irvin S. Cobb with the following caption: "Shep Withers, the most heartsickened of steamboaters, had got religion. And the first thing he did was to summon the crew and expound a set of rules and regulations which was against all river precedent." This painting was also reproduced on page 77 of the book Dean Cornwell Dean of Illustrators (Patricia Janis Broder). Rendered in oil on canvas, and framed (36 x 53), the sight size measures approximately 28 x 45 and is signed (initialed) and dated lower left. Provenance: This painting was purchased from the Dean Cornwell NYC Studio Estate Collection.
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