18th Century Courtesan

Artist:Clarence Polly Hill
Date:1926
Medium:Watercolor on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 17" x 14" Framed 25" x 22"
Condition:Mint
Original Use:Original Advertising Art
Price:$2350.00
Full View of Artwork

Full View of Artwork

Detail of Attendant

Detail of Attendant

Corseted Courtesan Detail

Corseted Courtesan Detail

A whimsical and highly stylized 1926 original illustration by Brooklyn, New York artist Clarence "Polly" Hill. An 18th century style French corseted courtesan and her attendant.

This work was seemingly originally intended for a perfume or toiletry commission.

Similar in style to Brunellesci, George Lepape, Eduardo Benito, George Plank, and Erté whose work appeared in such periodicals as Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Vogue magazines.

Full framed view

Full framed view

Above: Verso view
The artist's signature

The artist's signature

I was able to find a period Advertising Arts & Crafts resource book, an artists' listing periodical, which shows the artist and this very work from a 1926 catalog, listing the services of Rolf Armstrong, Henry Clive, Neysa McMein, W.T Benda and a plethora of other leading illustrators working in New York during the grand age of American Illustration circa 1926.

Above: Artists listing In Advertising Arts & Crafts 1926 Catalog
Above: Cover of Catalog


 

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