The County Fair

Artist:William Medcalf
Medium:Oil on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 29 1/2" x 30" Framed 33 1/2" x 34"
Original Use:Final Preliminary Painting for Brown & Bigelow Calendar
Price:S O L D
Above: Main view
Above: The artist's signature lower left

During the 50s, Bil Medcalf was one of Brown & Bigelow's star illustrators, creating 12 page calendar series based around themes of classic Americana. Here, he evokes a county fair, with sideshow attractions and a boy enjoying his first ride on a horse, as his family beams with pride. The scene evokes a vision of a simpler time, and a patriotic and nostalgic sense of 19th century America. This large, colorful, highly expressive oil on board with graphite highlights was created as the final preliminary painting for a published Brown & Bigelow calendar image. Each month likely celebrated a different seasonal landmark.

Above: Detail view
Above: Another view
Above: Framed in a period 1950s simple wood frame


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