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WHITMAN, Jr., John Franklin
[Original Art]: Suite of 13 Paintings of American Generals and Statesmen, mostly from the Revolutionary War
[Circa 1920]. Very Good. A collection of 13 original gouache paintings on paper, each measuring 12" x 16.25", mounted onto artist's boards (15" x 20"). One painting (of Lewis and Clark) has been neatly removed from the board (not present), modest rubbing and some scattered light glue stains at the margins of a few boards, one painting (of Andrew Jackson) with a few light scratches, overall very good or better. A very bright and attractive set of undated portrait paintings, most likely painted by J. Franklin Whitman as illustrations for a book or magazine. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Whitman attended both the Art Students League and the Metropolitan School of Art in New York. By 1920 he had set up Whitman Studios in Philadelphia. He is best known today for his historical book illustrations, a famous May 1928 *Vanity Fair* cover, and for his powerful series of posters which he designed and painted for the American Red Cross War Fund in 1943 and 1944. A compelling suite of 13 early paintings from Whitman's career, featuring portraits of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Monroe, and several other celebrated Revolutionary War military leaders: Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, Benjamin Lincoln, Daniel Morgan, Horatio Lloyd Gates, Marquis de Lafayette, and Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. Also included are portraits of Andrew Jackson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and America's Grand Old Man of the Army: Winfield Scott, also known as "Old Fuss and Feathers.".
Bookseller: Between the Covers (betweenthecoversrarebooks) [Gloucester City, New Jersey, United States]
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