A moving and large Victorian era interior illustration presumably for the old LIFE magazine. An original grisaillle illustration by noted American illustrator C. Clyde Squires (1883-1970).
Squires was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1883, the son of a Utah pioneer barber who was a friend of Brigham Young and son of a barber-stonecutter. He apprenticed to a Salt Lake City engraver.
At 15 he had done layouts for the local newspaper. When he was 18, he went to New York City to study art. After a year he worked as a commercial artist drawing fashion heads in the mornings, attending the New York School of Art afternoons and evenings.
He was the pupil of Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and received advice from DuMont and Pyle. He died in Great Neck, Long Island, NY in 1970. He was a romantic illustrator for national magazines and also created covers for pulp westerns. He was a member of the society of illustrators in New York, circa 1912.
Nicely framed as seen signed and dated lower left.