Illustration Art: Winter 2021 Highlights
Featuring the Dick McDonough Collection of Golf Illustration
This sale brightens up January with a collection of golf illustrations formed by the avid collector and esteemed author on the subject, Dick McDonough. Many of the famous illustrators represented here were fans of the sport, including James Montgomery Flagg, Arthur B. Frost, Lealand Gustavson, John Held, Jr., and Arthur Sarnoff. A small group of fine printed graphics and posters completes the section. From the humorous to the picturesque, these depictions tell the visual story of the sport that’s been around for 800 years.Lots 217 to 280
Children’s Book & Magazine Illustration
The children’s illustration section has Clement Hurd’s first pencil drawing for The Runaway Bunny to come to auction, a colorful Hilary Knight image, and storyboards and artwork for William Pène du Bois’s classics William’s Doll, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Planet of Lost Things.Lots 1 to 46
Related Reading: Illustrator Profile, William Pène du Bois
General Book, Magazine, Advertising & Design Illustration
Works of narrative art created for books and magazines by twentieth century illustrators include pieces by Rockwell Kent, Maxfield Parrish, Mahlon Blaine, Virgil Finlay, Victor Prezio, and a group of illustrations by N.C. Wyeth for H.W. Longfellow’s The Courtship of Miles Standish. Fresh to the auction block is a small group of intricate pen-and-ink drawings by master of architectural and engineering illustration, David Macaulay, for some of his bestsellers Castle, Cathedral, Treasures from the Motel of the Mysteries, and Underground.Lots 47 to 133
Theater & Fashion
Compelling performing arts images include Lincoln Center calendar illustrations by Milton Glaser and modernist theater designs by Alexandra Exter.Lots 134 to 157
Comics, Cartoons & Caricatures
Cartoons and comics showcase classic creators like Charles Addams and Nell Brinkley to current day humorists like Barry Blitt, while the section’s subset of The New Yorker offers fun and bright covers by Constantin Alajalov, Barbara Shermund, and Arthur Getz.Lots 173 to 202
The New Yorker
Sports Illustrations & Cartoons
Not restricted to golf, fans of football, tennis, and baseball will find images relating to those classic games as well, through works by Leslie Thrasher, Gibson Crockett, and the auction debut of an iconic 1932 Saturday Evening Post cover of college football by Joseph Kernan.Lots 203 to 216
What You Need to Know on Auction Day
This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.
There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at live.swanngalleries.com.
Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm.
At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.
Christine von der Linn
Director, Illustration Art
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