ETHEL BETTS BAINS.
“Fall Planting Number.” Cover for
magazine, published October,
1923. Oil on canvas. 559x508 mm; 22x20
inches. Signed “Ethel F.B. Bains” in lower
Bains (1877-1959) was an illustrator active for
just 10 years during the Golden Age of
Illustration. She studied under Howard Pyle and
received her first commissions from St. Nicholas
Magazine, Collier’s, and McClure’s before
becoming known for her work with children’s
books. This is a rare, later work, as she only
occasionally continued to illustrate after 1909.
ERNEST HAMLIN BAKER.
“Insurance.” Proposed cover for and
Nixon as President following the
uncertainty of the office after Dwight D.
Eisenhower’s heart attack in 1952;
Eisenhower recovered and the image was
never published. Gouache on board.
inch board. Signed in lower image, captioned,“NIXON — (‘Insurance’ cover) — in case ‘Ike’
were to die in office” on cover sheet. Registration marks in margins.
BOOK & MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION
“The Collector.” Illustration published in the novel The Estuary Pilgrim by Douglas Skeggs,
1989. Acrylic and watercolor on board. 457x635 mm; 18x25 inches. Signed in image,
lower right.Taped to window matte along verso edges.
A finely executed depiction of the dealer/expert John Napier’s gallery from Skeggs’s novel about a
violent and mysterious international art fraud involving a painting by Monet (titled “The Estuary
Pilgrim”) thought destroyed, but discovered among other Nazi-appropriated masterpieces in a
Resistance ambush in 1944.
Advice to prospective bidders with respect to original art can be found at the back of the catalogue.
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