Lot 58
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Joseph Christian Leyendecker 1874 - 1951

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Joseph Christian Leyendecker
  • "This is My Busy Day!" (Valentine's Day Cherub)
  • signed with the artist's conjoined initials JCLeyendecker (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 25 1/8 by 19 1/8 inches
  • (63.8 by 48.6 cm)
  • Painted in 1918.


Society of Illustrators, New York
Jerry McConnell (acquired from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1957


New York, Society of Illustrators, circa April-May 1950
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Old Corner House Museum, The Illustrator's Moment, July-October 1978
Chicago, Illinois, Union League Club, An American Vision, December 1984, illustrated pl. 17, p. 10
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Norman Rockwell Museum, J.C. Leyendecker-A Retrospective, November 1997-May 1998
New York, Museum of American Illustrators at Society of Illustrators, Americans Abroad, May-July 2008, illustrated pl. 1; also illustrated in color as the frontispiece
New York, Christie's, Illustrating America: Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries, November-December 2013


The Saturday Evening Post, February 16, 1918, illustrated in color on the cover
Jan Cohn, Covers of 'The Saturday Evening Post:' Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America's Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, illustrated in color p. 80
Laurence S. Cutler, Judy Goffman Cutler and the National Museum of American Illustration, J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist, New York, 2008, p. 127, illustrated in color; also illustrated in color p. 126