BRADSHAW CRANDELL illustration (circa 1930’s)
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This large original illustration is charcoal on board and measures 23” x 29”. It is signed in the lower right corner and framed (black wooden frame with glass). The piece is in great shape. I recall being told this was an illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine when I purchased it in the late ’70’s. The gorgeous female figure has more than a bit of a Jean Harlow look as she gazes down at the seated male figure before her. The look and style is textbook 1930’s art deco. SEE LARGE IMAGES BELOW.
Bradshaw Crandell was an American portraitist and illustrator, 1896-1966. He was known as the “artist of the stars”. Among those who posed for Crandell were Carol Lombard, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner. In 1921 he began his career with an ad for Lorraine hair nets sold exclusively by F. W. Woolworth. His first cover illustration was the May 28, 1921 issue for the humor magazine Judge. In later life he went from illustrations to oil-on-canvas paintings which included political figures. He also provided poster work for 20th Century Fox. In 2006 he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators hall of fame. In March 2010, an illustration for the 1952 Dutch Treat Club yearbook of Crandell’s sold for $17,000. This classic illustration is your chance to snag a great example from the golden age of art deco.
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