Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 176

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
NELL BRINKLEY (1886-1944)
The Pan Flute. Ink on paper mounted to board. 320x540 mm; 12 1/2x21 1/4 inches, board. Signed "Brinkley" and dated 1915 in lower right margin. Laid into matte. Paper mounted to board; pinholes along sides. Framed.

Nell Brinkley, referred to as the "Queen of Comics," was one of the 20th Century's earliest female pathbreakers in the field of comics and illustration.

Her unique style and flair were so popular that, by the time she was 25, she became a household name, Ziegfeld dressed his famous dancers as "Brinkley Girls," songs were written about her, and "Nell Brinkley Hair Curlers" allowed countless fans to emulate her chic, corkscrew-coiffed gals.

Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was so taken by her work that he called her from her native Denver to Brooklyn in 1907 to contribute to his daily papers. Over the following decades, her sassy all-American characters, mostly young working girls and those fighting for the war effort, carried the spirit of freedom and feminism that women were feeling and yearning to express. These "Brinkley Girls" were often engaged in more independent, bolder, and daring activities than those depicted by other artists of the day.

This year, the San Diego Comic Con inducted Brinkley into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame.