Hoodooed

Artist:John Coughlin
Date:1927
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 19" x 24"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Detective Story Magazine - April 16, 1927
Price:$4500.00
Full view of oil painting

Full view of oil painting

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

This April 16, 1927 cover painting for Detective Story Magazine by John A. Coughlin is titled on verso "Hoodooed." The well rendered oil on canvas, signed lower left, depicts a train robbery heist scene, that from the title appears to fit into a larger intrigue of voodoo and mystery. Hoodoo, an infrequently seen term today, was a colloquial way of referring to practitioners of voodoo, and more generally anyone would could bring bad luck down upon you (and bad luck is surely about to befall the masked robber depicted here). This rare Street and Smith commissioned cover painting has been relined and stretched on new pine stretchers and is ready to frame and enjoy.

Detail

Detail

Relined verso with new pine stretchers

Relined verso with new pine stretchers

Above: Notations on verso (prior to relining)
Detail

Detail

Above: Print notations for cover usage


 

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