Sep 29, 2016 - Sale 2423

Sale 2423 - Lot 55

Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
Flying a Kite. Cover illustration for Women's World magazine, published March, 1938. Gouache and graphite on paper. 355x342 mm; 14x13 1/2 inches. Signed below image. Drafting tape and pinholes in margins. Matted and framed.

Additional Details

Barney (1881-1966) was the sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the illustrator of several children's books, including those of L. Frank Baum, as well as cover designs and illustrations for numerous magazines throughout the 1920s-40s. Encouraged by her older brother, she was successful and creative from an early age; during the depression and subsequent years, she expanded her repertoire into landscapes, needlepoint tapestry, and even fashion shoe designing. "She was largely responsible for revolutionizing the quality of illustration in children's readers"--Reed, The Illustrator in America 1860-2000, page 165.