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Joseph Christian Leyendecker
NEWSBOY
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 USD
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31
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
NEWSBOY
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Joseph Christian Leyendecker
1874 - 1951
NEWSBOY
signed JCLeyendecker (lower right)
oil on canvas
28 by 20 3/4 inches
(71.1 by 52.7 cm)
Painted in 1909.
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Provenance

Private collection, New York, circa 1950
By descent to the present owners (their great granddaughters)

Literature

The Saturday Evening Post, December 18, 1909, cover illustration (©SEPS licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved)
Jan Cohn, Covers of “The Saturday Evening Post:" Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America’s Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, p. 2, illustrated p. 4
Laurence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler, J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist, New York, 2008, illustrated p. 111

Catalogue Note

Painted for the December 18, 1909 cover of The Saturday Evening Post, Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s Newboy is a visual representation of the American Dream. In this scene rich with distinctly American symbolism, a young industrious newsboy stands on a grate for warmth while an older fur-clad gentleman reaches into his coin purse to reward the boy for his service and diligence. The wealthy man suggests the bright future for the newsboy and the opportunity for upward social mobility through hard work in a free American society. The scholar Jan Cohn writes: "By the end of the decade [1900-10], the covers of the Post were, like the magazine itself, fully incorporated into American mass culture. In the quality of the work and in the range of subjects, the covers had indeed become a reflection of America's ideas about itself" (Covers of “The Saturday Evening Post:" Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America’s Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, p. 9).

American Art

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New York