Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 26

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000

DEAN CORNWELL (1892-1960)

The Arabian Horsemen at Herod's Bier.

Illustration for the novel The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas (Boston, 1952), pages 8 and 9. Oil on canvas. 865x1145 mm; 34x45 inches, framed to 43 1/2x54 1/4 inches. Signed "Dean Cornwell" in lower right.

Provenance: Estate of the artist; Private collection (by descent from the above); Acquired by the above from the present owner.

Exhibited: Louisville, The J. B. Speed Art Museum, Paintings and Drawings by Dean Cornwell, Mural Painter, Illustrator & National Academician from Kentucky, 1953, number 29.

Literature: Patricia Janis Broder, Dean Cornwell, Dean of Illustrators, New York, 1978, pages 121, 123.
The painting depicts the funeral scene after the death of King Herod, his body surrounded by military and citizens paying their respects before the burial.