Thursday, February 28, 2013

Albert Dorne: Master Illustrator

Albert Dorne:  Master Illustrator
Text by David Apatoff  Edited by Manuel Auad
Auad Publishing
Hardback edition ISBN 0-978-1-6205035-9-1

"A wonderful hodgepodge of cartoon and cartoony realistic illustrations, filled with larger than life characters each delightfully animated and rock solidly drawn." ~ अर्जुन

Pepto-Bismol ad from LIFE Apr 21, 1947 by Albert Dorne

Quotes and Comments

"Dorne worked seven days a week, sometimes cranking out ten illustrations per day."

~ Hack work for sure, but none identified and included in the book.

"In 1925, when Dorne turned twenty one, he was already keeping busy with editorial and advertising assignments, which netted him over $20,000 per year —" 

~ None of it represented in the book! Wasn't any of it signed? Is there no hint of his style that could aid in identification? Are there no samples squirreled away in the  archives of the various societies, museums groups and clubs? WTF! Which is to say that this book, like the publishers earlier volume on Robert Fawcett*, suffers from a dearth of early work. 'Master Illustrator' contains ten, that's '10' illustrations from 1924—1940, over a third of his career! …10 pictures ……10. …………TEN.

"He invented some of the earliest comic strip advertisements. … These sequential ads proved very popular with the public…"

~ Only one, from the not so early 1939, is printed in the book.


Basic research is sadly on par with the Fawcett book*:

Story title, author and date unknown
circa 1930's
circa 1940's
Year unknown
Date unknown
Commission unknown
Publication unknown
Author unknown
Company and date  …unknown

*Robert Fawcett:  The Illustrator's Illustrator

Friday, February 22, 2013

2 by Robert Fawcett

Robert Fawcett

1. circa 1940
An ad for Country Gentlemen/the Curtis Publishing Company, which I believe highlights the facts found in ~ ‪Selective Spending in Rural American: An Analysis of the United States Consumer Purchase Survey Conducted by the Bureau of Home Economics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (rural Phase) ... Commercial Research Division, the Curtis Publishing Company‬ (published 1940, 33 pages)

2. 1949
Continental Oil Company
CONOCO Nth Motor Oil : "Soft" armor that baffles burglars

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Pause That Refreshes

Haddon Sundblom
Wine Advisory Board

1941-9 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Sep 15, 1941 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1941-10 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Oct 13, 1941 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1942-1 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Jan 26, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1942-3 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Mar 16, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1942-5 Wine Advisory Board LIFE May 11, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM 

1942-6 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Jul 13, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1942-9 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Sep 21, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1942-11 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Nov 23, 1942 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1943-1 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Jan 4, 1943 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

1943-3 Wine Advisory Board LIFE Mar 1, 1943 ~ Haddon SUNDBLOM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scientists and exp…er …agree?

or: What! No Beer?

Philadelphia Blended Whisky FORTUNE 1943 Dean Cornwell

"very little of this painting "says" Cornwell to me." ~ Kent Steine

signed Dean Cornwell

Philadelphia Blended Whisky LIFE Mar 1, 1943 Dean Cornwell

Philadelphia Blended Whisky LIFE Jul 12, 1943 Dean Cornwell

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jon Whitcomb ~ CADILLAC

Sometimes derided, oft-imitated but never equaled, these 1938~1940 Cadillac ads showcase Jon Whitcomb's signature style known as the "Big Car School of Illustration."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne

by Edwin Austin Abbey

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne, 1896 Oil on canvas 133.7 x 265.1cm (52 5/8 x 104 3/8in.) Yale University Art Gallery ; Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Collection (1937.2224)