The Proposal

Artist:Edward Eggleston
Date:1933
Medium:Oil on Stretched Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 30" by 40"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Published Calendar Art
Price:Sold
Full view of oil on canvas painting

Full view of oil on canvas painting

 

The artist's signature and frame corner profile lower left

The artist's signature and frame corner profile lower left

 

The image as it appeared in advertisement for a jigsaw puzzle

The image as it appeared in advertisement for a jigsaw puzzle

 

Framed view in beautiful antique period gold wood art deco frame

Framed view in beautiful antique period gold wood art deco frame

 

A superlative large format oil painting by the well regarded prolific American Golden Age of Illustration artist Edward Eggleston that appeared in 1933 as a calendar print with the title Hearts Unmasked, and was widely distributed at the same time as a puzzle with the title The Proposal. A romantic fantasy themed offering of a pierrot clown trying to win the hand of a pretty maiden against a cobalt blue magic hour fantasy surround. Eggleston was one of many early 20th century painters that emulated the style of Maxfield Parrish and worked in a similar milieu. His oil paintings are very scarce today only a handful have survived and this is perhaps the nicest example to surface. A period die-cut cardboard sign of the image advertising the Jigsaw Puzzle and a vintage original calendar print are included in the sale.

 

Detail of costumed courting scene

Detail of costumed courting scene

 

The pierrot

The pierrot

 

The maiden

The maiden

 

Edward Eggleston was born in 1882 and studied under Harvey Dunn, he was a member of The Society of American Illustrators and enjoyed a long and prolific career creating art deco fantasy themed calendar art for The Thos. D. Murphy Calendar Co, Brown & Bigelow and Joseph Hoover & Sons. He might very well be best remembered today for a series of iconic 1920's high style art deco Atlantic City travel posters with scenes of colorful inviting flapper girls along the then thriving Jersey seashores.

Verso view of old canvas on original pine stretchers

Verso view of old canvas on original pine stretchers
verso title of "Heart's Unmasked" and date on back of included calendar print Verso title of "Heart's Unmasked" and date on back of included calendar print



 

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