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HENRY J. SOULEN. "Sir James' gallantly poised weapon went ringing from his hand with the first impact and successive blows stretched him senseless on the lawn." Story illustration for "The Dragonfly" by Stephen Avery, published on page 10 of The Ladies' Home Journal, February 1925. Oil on canvas. 813x711 mm; 32x28 inches. Signed "H.J. Soulen" in lower right image. Framed. Accompanied by a copy of the magazine.
Soulen (1888 - 1965) was 36 at the time he illustrated the two primary pieces for "The Dragonfly." By this period, he was establishing a style of his own, though it is not a stretch to attribute some of his influences in this particular painting -- and other works of the same period -- to N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Harvey Dunn, Frank Schoonover and other masterly illustrators in the Brandywine circle of artists.