A wonderfully executed interior illustration for a serialized story by Pearl S. Buck titled "China Gold" which ran in Collier's magazine from February 7-April 18, 1942.
Caption reads "Father Valerian came out from the chapel at once and led the wounded men to the hospital." A large crisply-rendered oil on canvas mounted on board.
Martha Sawyers artwork is in the Frank Gehry-designed Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.
Martha Sawyers began her career illustrating her travels to China and Indonesia. An exhibit of those paintings brought her to the attention of the Collier's magazine art editor who sent her to the China-Burma-India area during World War II as an artist-correspondent