Jun 09, 2022 - Sale 2608

Sale 2608 - Lot 111

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

EARL MAYAN (1916-2009)

"The Helpful American."

Together, two illustrations for the story "The Helpful American" by Leon Ware published in The Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1959, with their notation on verso. Oil and tempera on board. 431x1200 mm; 17x40 inches; and 553x635 mm; 21 3/4x25 inches. Both signed in image. Both archivally matted, as is the the tearsheet of the story from the magazine showing both illustrations.
The story's subtitle "His wife and daughter expected him to disgrace them among the genteel English . . . " hints at the ultimate acceptance of a seemingly unrefined suburban man abroad. The published caption of the square image is "'We've been looking for you,' the warder said. 'If you will follow me, sir?'" The caption for the horizontal image: "I don't suppose the owner would object to our using some of that wire?"
Provenance: Property of the artist's family.
Horizontal image reproduced in Illustration Magazine, issue Fifty-Seven, page 42.