We are pleased to have this original pastel by the talented and prolific pin up artist and illustrator R. Wilson Hammell. This gypsy attired, flapper girl envisioning of Joan Crawford was created either as a calendar art print for The Joseph Hoover Calendar Company or an early talkie movie era magazine cover. Crawford was an eager publicity hound in the late 1920s early 1930s filling the void created by the elusive Garbo, who refused any publicity during the era of Crawford’s ascendancy to stardom. The attractive and outgoing Texas born Lucille Fay LeSueur painstakingly transformed herself into the elegant epitome of Flapper girl opulence and decadence, and her star ascended during the roaring 20s and early Golden Age of Hollywood.
While the artist R. Wilson Hammell was very prolific during the 1930s, few of his original pastels have survived and this is one of his finest Hollywood Glamour commissioned portraits. This pastel is nicely matted, properly lined, and beautifully framed in high end gallery frame.