Pin-Up Girls of History - Cleopatra

Artist:Henry Clive
Date:1946
Medium:Oil on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Framed 35" x 43" | Sight Size: 20.5" x 28"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for The American Weekly, October 13, 1946
Price: SOLD
Full view of oil painting

Full view of oil painting

 

The artist's signature and date lower right

The artist's signature and date lower right

 

The American Weekly-Oct.13, 1946

As seen on the cover of The American Weekly, October 13, 1946 (this is not included in the sale)

This rare, original painting by Henry Clive graced the cover of the October 13, 1946 edition of William Randolph Hearst's The American Weekly. Clive often played with serialized themes in his work for the magazine, and this Egyptian inspired image was from a series entitled "Pin-up Girls of History." Pictured as Cleopatra is the lovely Hollywood film star Dorothy Lamour, whose impossibly good looks and exotic features draw a comparison to the legendary queen of the Nile, though the actress never portrayed her in film. In 2013 we had the pleasure of loaning this painting out to the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany where it was part of an exhibition titled "Cleopatra The Eternal Diva." Our gallery sold this painting in 2014 and we are delighted to again offer it for sale.

Detail

Detail

Dorothy Lamour

Although Henry Clive enjoyed a three-decade career as a cover artist for The American Weekly, his original paintings are very scarce today as collectors and historians will note.

The artist in 1947 with American Weekly cover paintings he donated to a charity auction in Hollywood.

 

Framed and silk matted under glass view

Framed and silk matted under glass

 

Frame corner profile detail

Frame corner profile detail

 

Verso view before framing

 



 

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