Tom Lovell, ‘Formal Affair’, 1942, The Illustrated Gallery
Tom Lovell, ‘Formal Affair’, 1942, The Illustrated Gallery

Illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine.
Tom Lovell’s illustrations range from adventure to romance, military to western, and nature to family affairs. His first illustrations were created for pulp magazines when he still was in college. As a professional artist, his work has appeared in most national magazines. In World War II, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps, and many of his paintings can be found in their permanent collection. Some of his western paintings hang in the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

This classic Lovell painting shows a group of people dressed in elegant eveningwear, attending a formal affair. Pictures like this, showing members of the upper class, were like many of the movies of the day, morale boosters during wartime. The message was that “All’s well with the world.”

Signature: Signed Lower Left