Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 238

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
JOHN HELD, JR. (1889-1958)
"The Senior Member Drops His False Teeth at the Water Hole." Probable calendar image, July, circa 1922. Mixed media, including gouache, watercolor, pen, and ink over graphite on board. 395x287 mm; 15 1/2x11 1/4 inches, on 18 1/4x12-inch board. Signed "John Held Jr." in lower right image. Tipped to window matte.

Provenance: Illustration House, May 1994, with their stamp and label on verso of previous frame's backing board; thence to Dick McDonough.

Arguably the most famous cartoonist and illustrator of "Jazz Age" America, Held produced a series of golf illustrations in the 1920s. Some of these were published in monthly commercial calendars with notes on golf instruction by famed professionals on the reverse. While the exact publisher and year are unknown, the illustration is speculated to have been for a calendar produced for Bryant Electric Company or Brown & Bigelow.