Petticoats in the Navy
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
"The farmer crossed the plowed strip to Saxon, and joined her on the rail." Ink, watercolor, and gouache on board. 991x749 mm; 39x29 1/2 inches. Signed in full, lower left. Illustration for the first appearance of Jack London's novel "The Valley of the Moon," Cosmopolitan Magazine, September 1913, page 464.
The Valley of the Moon was serialized in Cosmopolitan from April through December, 1913 and issued in book form the same year. This classic London story features his favorite themes: a working-class couple who flee the labor unrest and the economic and spiritual poverty of Oakland, California for the peace and honesty of country life. They ultimately find their paradise, the Valley of the Moon, in the Sonoma hills.
Framed 49.00" x 39.50"
Signature: Signed Lower Left
American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy’s vast body of work includes depictions of presidents, war heroes, socialites, and politicians, but he was ultimately best known for his “Christy girl” drawings that depicted the idealized American woman. Christy began his career in professional illustration upon his arrival to New York City, where he studied under William Merritt Chase. At the onset of the Spanish-American War, Christy enlisted himself as a war correspondent for several publications, and received acclaim for his “Men of the Army and Navy” series and a portrait of then-colonel Theodore Roosevelt. With this recognition under his belt, Christy became a well-known illustrator, yet to avoid being type-cast in the military genre, introduced his first “Christy girl”, a prototype that developed into an ongoing series of the ideal modern, beautiful, educated American woman.
American, January 10, 1873 - March 3, 1952, Morgan County, Ohio, based in New York, New York