Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 261

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
ARTHUR B. FROST (1851-1928)
"He Got Madder and Madder and Madder." Six-panel comic strip published in Life, September 29, 1921, with their copyright stamp on verso. Pen and ink over graphite on paper. 175x215 mm; 6 3/4x8 1/2 inches, on 9 3/4x11 1/4-inch sheet. Captioned in graphite in artist's hand in lower margins. Final panel signed "A. B. Frost" at lower right. Each tipped to board with window matte; framed individually. Accompanied by a framed printed tear sheet of the comic.

Provenance: W. Russell Button, Inc., Chicago, IL, with their labels on frame backings; Doyle New York, October 5, 2016, lot 41; Sportsman's Gallery, Charleston, S.C., July 2017; thence to Dick McDonough.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Frost created thousands of illustrations for esteemed periodicals such as Harper's Weekly, Scribner's and Life as well as hundreds of oils and watercolors. In addition to his illustrations for the Uncle Remus tales by Joel Chandler Harris, he is probably best known for his hunting, shooting and golf images like this humorous series that follows the actions and increasing frustration of an unlucky player and his poor caddy. The amusing nota bene in the ultimate panel reading "he played next day as usual," shows the unfailing determination of a typical golfer.