The Masquerade

Artist:J. Walter Wilkinson
Date:1920s
Medium:Oil on stretched canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 21 1/2" by 29" framed 25" by 32 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Likely Magazine Cover of Unknown Usage
Price:Sold
Full view of oil on canvas painting

Full view of oil on canvas painting

 

The artists signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

A costumed flapper girl, dressed to the nines in jazz-age fineries at a masquerade ball, is seductively caught in the light of a romantic full moon in this oil on canvas by J. Walter Wilkinson. The artist was a prominent and revered American illustrator, and we presume this to be a magazine cover for an as-of-yet unidentified Golden Age periodical. Some highlights of Wilkinson's career include a cover for The Saturday Evening Post for their Halloween issue in October of 1932, and the iconic Keep 'em Flying series of posters he created for the US military during World War II. The majority of the artist's estate is now in the Smithsonian Institute's permanent collection.

Framed view in handsome gold gallery frame

Framed view in handsome gold gallery frame

Painting is in a very fine state of conservation on original back stretchers and handsomely framed.

The October, 1932 edition of The Saturday Evening Post - with a cover by J. Walter Wilkinson

J. Walter Wilkinson cover  of October 29, 1932 Saturday Evening Post

 

Keep 'Em Flying War Bond Poster by J.Walter Wilkinson

Keep 'Em Flying War Bond Poster by J.Walter Wilkinson

J. Walter Wilkinson was an award winning commercial artist, perhaps best known for a series of six war bond posters he and his son Walter G. Wilkinson (1917-1971) created for the United States Treasury Department. J. Walter Wilkinson was born on Maryland's eastern shore, received formal academic training in art, and worked on newspapers and at an advertising agency before becoming a free lance artist. In addition to his war posters and other government commissions, he created a number of outdoor and magazine advertisements and many magazine covers. Major products for which Wilkinson did advertising art work included Ivory soap, Pabst beer, and Ballantine ale.

Detail

Detail

 

Framed profile corner detail

Framed profile corner detail

 

Verso view of untouched back canvas

Verso view of canvas



 

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