The Gondola Ride

Artist:Anne Sefton Fish
Date:1919
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 11 1/2" x 15 1/4" Framed 19 1/4" x 23 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for the April 1919 Edition of Vanity Fair Magazine
Price:$7500.00
Full view of whimsical gouache cover illustration

Full view of whimsical gouache cover illustration

Framed and silk matted under glass in period art deco gold frame

Framed and silk matted under glass in period art deco gold frame

A whimsical and stylized rare original gouache painting on illustration board by Anne Harriet Sefton a.k.a. Fish; this was the cover for the April 1919 edition of Vanity Fair magazine published by Conde Nast. Work is in the humorous yet refined swinging youth style that came to personify the Art Deco jazz age. Painting is silk matted and beautifully framed in period antique gold gilt wood frame under glass.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Anne Sefton was a prolific and gifted painter that shared a like minded spirit and sense of humor with contemporary cover illustrator and American artist John Held Jr. Both artist's playfully poked fun at the modernist entanglements and pratfalls that the Roaring 20s bestowed upon it's self centered yet life loving participants. Sefton was able to capture the era in a uniquely modern and playfully stylish manner. This work has all of her elements at play; a colorful gondola ride that was the cover for the April 1919 Vanity Fair by the prestigious Conde Nast publications.

Frame profile and corner detail

Frame profile and corner detail

Above: Verso view before framing
Above: Verso Notation "April 1919 Cover Vanity Fair"
Above: Verso illustration board text
The painting as it appeared as the cover for Vanity Fair, April 1919

The painting as it appeared as the cover for Vanity Fair, April 1919

Anne Harriet Fish (Sefton) was born in Bristol, England. She worked in oil, watercolor and gouache and was an illustrator who was active in London, Sussex and St. Ives, Cornwall. She married Walter Sefton in 1918. In New York City, she did illustrations for "Vanity Fair" and "Vogue" including this cover for "Vanity Fair" in April, 1919.

Cast iron figural flapper girl doorstops bearing the artists cartoonish flapper girl creations were also produced and sold during the 1920s.



 

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