Feb 13, 2020 - Sale 2529

Sale 2529 - Lot 294

Price Realized: $ 8,125
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
LESLIE RAGAN (1897-1972) CHICAGO / NEW YORK CENTRAL LINES. 1929.
39 1/4x25 1/2 inches, 99 3/4x64 3/4 cm. [Latham Litho. & Ptg. Co., Long Island City.]
Condition A. Matted and framed.
This was Ragan's first poster for the New York Central Lines, "a cityscape of Chicago's Michigan Avenue dominated by a towering midday thunderhead . . . [in which he conveyed his newly-emerging style with] reflected light and building mass" (Zega p. 95). It shows the city's original Peristyle, designed by Edward H. Bennett, which was erected in Grant Park in 1917 and survived until it was razed in the early 1950s due to poor condition. The impressive architecture of the North Michigan Avenue streetwall features the Wiloughby and Montgomery Ward Towers. Zega 119.