A stirring and patriotic moving World War I era original illustration featuring a Florence Nightingale-inspired Red Cross nurse tending to a doughboy soldier by noted American illustrator C. Clyde Squires. This was created for the July 1915 issue of the Butterick publishing title The Woman’s Magazine.
The artist was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1883, the son of a Utah pioneer barber who was a friend of Brigham Young and son of a barber-stonecutter.
He apprenticed to a Salt Lake City engraver. By age 15, he had done layouts for the local newspaper. When he was 18, he went to New York City to study art. After a year he worked as a commercial artist drawing fashion heads in the mornings, attending the New York School of Art afternoons and evenings.
He was the pupil of Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and received advice from DuMont and Pyle. He died in Great Neck, Long Island, NY in 1970. He was a romantic illustrator for national magazines and also created covers for pulp westerns. He was a member of the society of illustrators in New York, circa 1912.
His work was published in Western Romances, LIFE, and Woman’s Home Companion. Signed lower right “C. Clyde Squires.”
This original en grisaile oil on artist’s board is in very good condition. Framed in its simple original wood frame with old glass, there is a minor crack in upper right hand corner which does NOT go all the way through the board and shows just 1/2″ at the far left edge of the painting, a very easy touch-up.
The original publishing tag is attached on the reverse which states it was for the “July” edition of The Woman’s Magazine. The verso label also lists a number of other Butterick titles including The Delineator.