Most Beautiful Girl In Texas

Artist:Jon Whitcomb
Date:1951
Medium:Gouache on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight size 16 1/2" by 24" Framed 23" by 30 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Interior illustration in Cosmopolitan Magazine - January 1951
Price:$3500.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower center right

The artist's signature lower center right

Detail

Detail

As seen in Cosmopolitan Magazine's January 1951 issue

As seen in Cosmopolitan Magazine's January 1951 issue

Jon Whitcomb was perhaps the most accomplished "glossy" magazine illustrator working in the mid-century modern style. This fabulous glamour and Western Americana mash-up interior gouache illustration painting for the January, 1951 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine showcases the skillful eye, technical excellence and delightful imaginative sense of narration that set him atop of the field. Commissioned for a story by Shirley Shapiro Pugh titled "The Most Beautiful Girl In Texas", this is simply framed and matted with verso publication notations and labels from a previous NYC Christie's Auction sale. A copy of the published Cosmopolitan magazine is included in the sale.

Published Cosmopolitan magazine is included in the sale

Published Cosmopolitan magazine is included in the sale

Detail

Detail

Verso view

Verso view

Verso notations with publication specifics in Cosmopolitan Magazine

Verso notations with publication specifics in Cosmopolitan Magazine

Previously sold at Christies Auctions House in New York City - Lot #377

Previously sold at Christie's in New York City - Lot #377

Framed & matted view in simple period wood frame

Framed & matted view in simple period wood frame

JON WHITCOMB (1906-1988) has made his name synonymous with pictures of young love and glamorous, beautiful young women. During World War II, a series of illustrations for advertisements he created on the theme, "Back Home for Keeps," became a pin-up fad for women deprived of their husbands or sweethearts.

Jon was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and reared in Manitowic, Wisconsin. He attended Ohio Wessleyan University and was graduated from Ohio State where he did pictures for the school publications and worked during the summer painting posters for a theater in Cleveland.

This was excellent training ground for Whitcomb. Although he had majored in English with an ambition to write, Jon switched to art classes. After graduation he was able to obtain work in a series of studios doing travel and theater posters, as well as general advertising illustrations.

In 1934, he moved to New York to combine studio work with free-lance illustration. His first illustrations were for Collier's, followed by Good Housekeeping,, and then the others in succession as Whitcomb's pretty girls began to attract enthusiastic readership.

His career was interrupted by World War II when he was commissioned a Lieutenant, j.g. in the Navy. His assignments varied from mine-sweeping duty to off the East coast, to the Public Relations Department in Washington, to the Pacific as a combat artist with the invasions of Tinian, Saipan, and Peleliu. After hospitalization for tropical infections, he was discharged in 1945 and resumed his art career.

Whitcomb's writing ability became useful when he began to do a monthly series of sketches and articles about motion picture stars for Cosmopolitan, called "On Location with Jon Whitcomb." He has also written several short stories, two children's books about poodles, Coco, and Pom Pom's Christmas, and a book about feminine glamour, All About Girls.



 

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