This oil on canvas painting by Reginald Bolles is a classic example of Golden Age illustration and was likely created as cover art for an American glossy magazine in the 1920s. Showcasing a smartly attired flapper girl in a cloche hat closely admiring a cherry tree branch with a birds nest attached that is filled with bright blue robins eggs. We are unsure of the specific usage of this painting, Bolles, a versatile East Coast artist, created one cover for The Saturday Evening Post and many covers for titles such as People’s Home Journal, The Country Gentleman, Modern Priscilla and Field And Stream. This beautiful and large artwork retains its original, wide profile, handsome gold wood frame.
Reginald Bolles 1877 – 1967
Reginald “Reggie” Fairfax Bolles was born on February 27, 1877 , his grandfather, Matthew Shepard Bolles Sr. began his career in banking in 1824, and was one of the founders of the Boston Stock Exchange. Reginald was a 1900 Harvard Graduate, member of the Hasty Pudding Club, an avid polo player, prankster, and well known as a theatrical eccentric. Bolles was an accomplished painter and illustrator having many works featured on the covers of magazines in the early 20th century. He often featured his neighbors in his illustrations, his work can be found at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts.