Dec 16, 2021 - Sale 2592

Sale 2592 - Lot 25

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
THELMA CUDLIPP (1892-1983)
Dancers on Stage. Cover illustration for Vanity Fair, published May 1, 1916. Gouache, ink, and graphite on board. 353x305 mm; 14x12 inches. Signed "Thelma Cudlipp" in lower left image and dated "May 1916" at lower center. Laid into matte and adhered to backing board; framed.

Cudlipp enjoyed a prolific and successful career illustrating for Harper's, The Century Magazine, McClure's, and The Saturday Evening Post. Its beginnings, however, were mired in a rather infamous industry scandal when her mother, then assistant editor under Theodore Dreiser at The Delineator, ended the famous author's infatuation with Thelma by sending her off to Europe. Though the incident cost Dreiser his job at the time, he and Cudlipp remained friendly until his death and his connections helped advance her career. Cudlipp was also fascinated with and collected pre-Columbian sculpture, a subject about which she wrote and lectured to promote its importance.