The King's Son

Artist:Benton Henderson Clark
Date:1935
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Framed: 30" x 24 1/2" – Sight Size: 27 1/4" x 21 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Interior illustration for Cosmopolitan Magazine
Price: SOLD

Full view

 

Artist's signature and date on lower right

With cool blue undertones and moody, dramatic shadowing, this published oil on canvas interior illustration is a departure for artist Benton Henderson Clark who primarily created warm & vibrant narrative frontier and western scenes. Accompanying an interior story for Cosmopolitan magazine titled "The King's Son", a handsome and sharply dressed prince smokes a cigarette during a breezy nighttime rendezvous at the docks with his aloof princess bride.

 

Detail

Clark was born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio where he came under the tutelage of artist Arthur Woelfle. A natural talent, Clark later went on to study at the National Academy of Design in New York City and at the Chicago Art Institute. The artist and illustrator found work creating cover art and calendar illustrations, including work for Liberty, Outer's Recreation, The Saturday Evening PostMcCall's, and Good Housekeeping magazines as well as briefly working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's art department.

 

Detail of inscription

There is a small, handwritten inscription in the right side of the painting that appears to read: From Rod / To my ... Ralph. This is not a handwritten notation from the artist and was written later, perhaps when this painting was gifted from the original owner to a friend.

 

Framed view

Painting looks beautiful in its original wood painted frame.

 

Verso view

 

Detail of title on verso



 

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