This oil on illustration board Pyramid Books paperback cover painting was created by by Victor Olson for a 1953 edition of Houseboy by Edison Marshall written under the nom de plum Walton Fairbank (ostensibly because of the controversial topic of interracial relationships explored in the title).The story was originally written as a Jim Crow title in the late 40s and was reissued in 1953 as a paperback with this cover art, a copy of the published book is included in the sale. The text synopsis slug reads as follows: “How long could this boy and girl – Negro and white – keep their fascination secret? What really happened when their relationship was exposed? Unforgettable for its realism, Houseboy is the brilliant and sympathetic account of a passion that brought grim and tragic consequences…” Painting is signed lower right, and nicely matted and framed under glass and ready to enjoy.
|Medium:||Oil on Illustration Board|
|Dimensions:||Sight Size 13" x 18" Framed 21 1/2" X 27 1/2"|
|Original Use:||Cover for Houseboy - 1953, Pyramid Books|
Artist: Victor Olson