Houseboy

Artist:Victor Olson
Date:1953
Medium:Oil on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 13" x 18" Framed 21 1/2" X 27 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Houseboy - 1953, Pyramid Books
Price:$4500.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

The artwork as the cover of Pyramid Book - Houseboy (included in sale)

The artwork as the cover of Pyramid Book - Houseboy (included in sale)

This oil on illustration board Pyramid Books paperback cover painting was created by by Victor Olson for a 1953 edition of Houseboy by Edison Marshall written under the nom de plum Walton Fairbank (ostensibly because of the controversial topic of interracial relationships explored in the title).The story was originally written as a Jim Crow title in the late 40s and was reissued in 1953 as a paperback with this cover art, a copy of the published book is included in the sale. The text synopsis slug reads as follows: "How long could this boy and girl - Negro and white - keep their fascination secret? What really happened when their relationship was exposed? Unforgettable for its realism, Houseboy is the brilliant and sympathetic account of a passion that brought grim and tragic consequences..." Painting is signed lower right, and nicely matted and framed under glass and ready to enjoy.

Framed View

Framed View

Detail

Detail

View of whole illustration board before framing

View of whole illustration board before framing

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

Back cover story synopsis and text slug

Back cover story synopsis and text slug



 

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