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ELMER SIMMS CAMPBELL. "I used to know her - four checkbooks ago." Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on board. 380X250 mm; 15x9 3/4 inches. Signed in image, lower right, dated September 1936 on verso, likely for Esquire. Matted.
Simms Campbell was one of the highest paid illustrators in the United States from the 1930s and into the 1960s and was one of the only African-American illustrators working in the field. As the creator of Esquire's mascot "Esky," nearly every issue of Esquire during his heyday included one of his works. He also contributed to Playboy and the New Yorker.