Pin Up Girls of History-Cleopatra

Artist:Henry Clive
Date:1946
Medium:Oil on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 20 1/2" x 28" Framed 35" x 43"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for The American Weekly-Oct. 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

The American Weekly-Oct.13, 1946

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 comparison to the legendary queen of the Nile, though the actress never portrayed her in film.

Detail

Detail

Above: 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.

Above: 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 view

Frame corner profile detail

Frame corner profile detail

Above: Verso view before framing



 

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