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Sale 2480 Lot 94
"'I believe in magic too,' she said. There was a faraway look in her eyes." Illustration for "Do You Remember?" by Peter Stirling Cardozo, published in Woman's Home Companion, September 1947. Oil on canvas. 635x914 mm; 25x36 inches. Signed and dated 47 in lower right image. Framed, with a plaque containing Lovell's given title "The Bridge." Accompanied by a copy of the magazine.
Estimate $7,000 - 10,000
Lovell (1909 - 1977) was a celebrated American artist who was driven "to the point of perfection in his documentary approach to illustration; no detail of research was too small to be verified. His settings were painted with a conviction based on many years of experience painting from nature. . . [Lovell] was a fully developed artist when he first appeared in the major national magazines in the late 1930s, and eventually worked for nearly all of them" -- Walt Reed "The Illustrator in America" (New York: The Society of Illustrators, 2001.) In keeping in spirit with the perfectionist artist, it is believed that the bridge depicted in this image was based on a wooded bridge near the artist's home in Westport, Connecticut.