Jun 09, 2022 - Sale 2608

Sale 2608 - Lot 84

Price Realized: $ 780
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200


Group of 8 illustrations for the 1948 American Agriculturalist calendar.

Missing illustrations for the months of May, June, September, and November. Gouache on canvas board. 560x717 mm; 21 3/4x28 1/4 inches. Unsigned, but with several notes to the publishers. A copy of the printed calendar accompanies the artwork as well as several tear sheets for various advertisements for other agricultural products.
Provenance: The artist; thence by descent to family.

Bob Childress is best known as a primary illustrator of the "Dick and Jane" series of readers published by the Scott Foresman Company in the late 1950s and early 1960s, used in the United States and abroad for nearly four decades (see lot 10 for related lot). Early in his career, he promoted agricultural and farming products through his illustrations during and shortly after World War II (such as this lot) and went on to become a prolific commercial illustrator for such notable ad campaigns as Frigidaire, Mobil, Campbell Soup, Coca Cola, Wonder Bread, Carstairs Whiskey, Metropolitan Life, and Westinghouse, among others.