Rank and File

Artist:Ralph Coleman
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 28" x 36" Framed 34" x 42"
Original Use:Interior 2-Page Illustration Redbook Magazine - November 1933
Price: S O L D
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Above: The work as it appeared pages 22- 23 Redbook Magazine November 1933
Above: The artist's signature
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A large signed and dated oil on canvas by noted and prolific Golden Age illustrator Ralph Pallen Coleman. The work was commissioned for a 2-page spread in the November 1933 edition of Redbook Magazine, illustrating the military themed melodrama "Rank and File" by Charles L. Clifford and Mary C. McCall Jr. The image, featuring the beautiful blonde heroine falling back in shock upon the news of her fathers mortal wounding, depicts the climactic scene in the tale of star-crossed love in the hierarchical society of an army post. The published edition of Redbook is included in the sale and the painting is nicely framed and ready to hang.

Above: Verso label from Redbook Magazine
Above: verso view of untouched canvas and stretchers
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Above: Inscribed and dedicated by artist lower right
Above: Framed in handsome wide profile wood frame

Coleman was a Philadelphia-based painter who was prolific during the Golden Age of illustration in the early 20th century. He was a member of The Society of Illustrators and The National Society of Mural Painters. His high water mark at auction was $11,000.00 in 2003.

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