Nov 09, 2023 - Sale 2652

Sale 2652 - Lot 204

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

LESLIE RAGAN (1897-1972)


40 3/4x27 inches, 103 1/2x68 1/2 cm. Latham Litho & Ptg Co., Long Island City.
Condition B+: expertly-repaired tears at edges, one through text; minor overpainting at edges; creases and minor abrasions in margins and image.

A monumental image of a monumental building, shown bathed in the fiery orange of a dramatic sunset, which cloaks its shadowed side in lavender, and each of its wings in a different color. Rising 52 stories above Cleveland's Public Square, the terminal was the second tallest building in the world in 1930. The massive urban redevelopment that accompanied its construction foreshadowed Rockefeller Center in New York City. "Ragan framed his subject with dark silhouettes of adjacent buildings, painting a dream-like sunset image . . . alternating expanses of flat color with intense detail, a scheme that characterized his later work" (Zega p. 95). This was the second poster that Ragan designed for the New York Central Lines. Zega 120.