A fabulous large and radiant original oil on canvas by the acclaimed American illustrator Edward Eggleston. This alluring, Edwardian attired glamour girl in luminous moonlight surround was a commissioned calendar artwork under the title “The Sweetheart of Sigmi-Chi.” Produced in 1919 this same image also appeared (with a riverboat superimposed above the subject’s right shoulder) under the title “Dixie. This is one of many instances where an illustrator would reuse a central image to save time while working up a new piece for a competing calendar company. In this instance, Eggleston so seamlessly removed the paddle boat from the original artwork I wouldn’t have known it existed in that form if not for the image shown in Enchantment Ink’s A Lady of Mystery: A Collector’s guide to Edward Eggleston.
Eggleston was born in 1882 and studied under Harvey Dunn, he was a member of The Society of American Illustrators and enjoyed a long and prolific career creating art deco fantasy themed calendar art for The Thos. D. Murphy Calendar Co, Brown & Bigelow and Joseph Hoover & Sons. He might very well be best remembered today for a series of iconic 1920’s high style art deco Atlantic City travel posters with scenes of colorful inviting flapper girls along the then thriving Jersey seashores.
Original painted works by Eggleston are quite scarce and poster examples by the artist have sold in excess of $10,000.00 when offered at auction. This work is a luminous, masterful example in original ornate gesso period frame.