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Dean Cornwell (March 5, 1892 – December 4, 1960) was an American  illustrator and muralist. His oil paintings were frequently featured in popular magazines and books as literary illustrations, advertisements, and posters promoting the war effort. Throughout the first half of the 20th century he was a dominant presence in American illustration. At the peak of his popularity he was nicknamed the “Dean of Illustrators”.

Below is a recent realized price for a piece of Dean Cornwell art. We at Nate D. Sanders Auctions can obtain up to this amount or more for you:

Dean Cornwell Art. Sold for nearly $60,000.

We have sold the following art items at auction:

Norman Rockwell Oil on Canvas Painting of Richard Nixon — The National Portrait Gallery Study for ”Mr. President (Richard Nixon)”, Painted in 1968

Norman Rockwell oil on canvas painting of Richard Nixon, signed ”Norman / Rockwell” at lower right. Painting is the study for ”Mr. President (Richard Nixon)”, which resides in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and was published in the 4 February 1969 issue of ”Look” magazine, captioned ”Weighed, yet buoyed, by the American past and present, Richard M. Nixon, 37th President, faces the future in this Rockwell portrait”.

Rockwell painted this study in late 1968 of then President-Elect Richard Nixon, a man whose portrait he found ”elusive” but whose features here are unmistakenly Nixon, revealing at the same time both the guardedness and warmth of the 37th President. As the premiere portraitist of the 20th century, one would expect no less from Rockwell. Oil on canvas measures 14” x 11”. Provenance is from Judy Goffman Fine Art of New York, and then subsequently the Charles E. Sigety Collection. Exhibited at the Mississippi Museum of Art in ”Norman Rockwell: The Great American Storyteller” from 2 March-15 May 1988, no. 64. Painting is in very good condition, with a stretcher bar mark along upper edge. Wax lined, with no inpainting. Sold for $125,000.

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Norman Rockwell Oil on Canvas Painting of Richard Nixon. Click to enlarge

Jessie Willcox Smith Original Cover Art for ”Good Housekeeping” From November 1920 Entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”

Beloved American illustrator, Jessie Willcox Smith original cover art for the November 1920 issue of ”Good Housekeeping” as well as the April 1922 issue of the UK edition, entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”. Mixed media on illustration board measures 18.25” x 19”, showing two children praying before their meal. Signed ”Jessie Willcox Smith” at lower right. Artwork is one of Willcox Smith’s most memorable pieces, with limited edition lithographs even being made of it, a quintessential example of her work featuring two gently postured children in a moment of gratitude and familial warmth.

Jessie Willcox Smith was the exclusive cover artist for ”Good Housekeeping” from 1917-1933, and was the second woman inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, followed shortly thereafter by Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley, fellow members of the Red Rose Girls, a group of female artists who flourished during the Golden Age of Illustration. Very good condition with no restoration apparent under blacklight. Artwork was given to Anne Champe Orr, the needlework editor for ”Good Housekeeping”, and then by descent to consignor. Sold for $82,500.

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Jessie Willcox Smith Original Cover Art for ”Good Housekeeping” From November 1920 Entitled ”We Give Thee Thanks”. Click to enlarge.

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”Prince Valiant” Sunday Artwork by Hal Foster From 1939 — Perhaps the Most Recognizable Artwork by Hal Foster From ”Prince Valiant”, the Majestic Andelkrag Castle

One of the greatest pieces of artwork by Hal Foster in his career, the original artwork for the 120th ”Prince Valiant” Sunday comic strip from 28 May 1939. In this instantly recognizable piece — featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ ”Prince Valiant Vol. 2: 1939-1940” and in numerous ”Prince Valiant” publications — Val sees the foreboding castle of Andelkrag in person, surrounded by Huns as they prepare to attack it. The six panel strip measures 26” x 34.5”, (the large Andelkrag panel measures 17” x 21” by itself), with incredible detail showing the seemingly impregnable fortress, the mountains behind it, the flames roiling up aside it and Prince Valiant standing upon a hillside, gazing at its beauty and enormity. In this strip, Val makes his approach and plunges into the river moat at darkness, to find a fire-raft built by the Huns in order to destroy Andelkrag’s bridge. As Prince Valiant destroys their handiwork, the Huns vow revenge in return. Artwork is signed by Foster on the second panel, inscribed to ”Edward W. Larson / with friendly greetings / Hal Foster”. With King Features Syndicate, Inc. label on fifth panel, with 1939 copyright. The date of 28 May 1939 appears on the fourth panel, along with ”120”, the number of this Prince Valiant strip in the life of the series. Artwork is mounted to board and matted to a size of 33” x 41.5”, with matting strips separating the panels. With minute amount of soiling, artwork is in near fine condition. Accompanied by the color newsprint of this artwork and two ”Prince Valiant” books featuring this strip. Sold for $70,461.

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”Prince Valiant” Sunday Artwork by Hal Foster- 1939. Click to enlarge

Dean Ellis Painting Commissioned for the Cover of Ray Bradbury’s Book ”The Illustrated Man” — From the Bradbury Estate

Artist Dean Ellis original ”Red Illustrated Man” painting commissioned for the cover art of Ray Bradbury’s ”The Illustrated Man”. Ellis’ depiction was used for the cover of the Bantam Books 1969 paperback edition of ”The Illustrated Man”. Composed in casein on illustration board. Painting measures 17” x 26.5” and is framed to an overall size of 26” x 35”. Near fine condition. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $45,894.

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Dean Ellis Painting Commissioned for the Cover of Ray Bradbury’s Book ”The Illustrated Man”. Click to enlarge.

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Robert Crumb Original Cover Art for Volume 6 of ”The Complete Crumb Comics” Entitled ”On the Crest of a Wave”

Incredible Robert Crumb original cover art for ”The Complete Crumb Comics”, Volume 6 entitled ”On the Crest of a Wave”, published by Fantagraphic Books in 1991. This fantastic example of original Crumb artwork shows Crumb himself riding the crest of a wave of flesh and humanity, populated with familiar faces from 1960s counterculture, including Jerry Garcia. This piece served as the cover for Volume 6 of a 17 volume exhaustive series of Crumb’s artistic output, with Vol. 6 documenting approximately two years from the late 1960s into the early 1970s. Ink on illustration board, cover measures 13” x 17” with ”The Complete Crumb Comics” header affixed; artwork alone measures 10” x 13”. Artwork is affixed at the top to the backing mat by two pieces of tape, measuring 16” x 20” with mat. Near fine condition. Sold for $41,250.

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Original Ink and Watercolor Drawing by E.H. Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet — Extraordinarily Scarce Drawing by Shepard of the Most Famous Children’s Character

Beautifully rendered watercolor and ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet by E.H. Shepard, the illustrator chosen by A.A. Milne to bring his literary characters to life. Here, Shepard draws Pooh and Piglet upon a letter to his agent, allowing the characters to express his feelings of gratitude and joy. In the autograph letter signed, dated 29 February 1932, Shepard thanks his agent for a letter, writing that he has “done splendidly” and that “this view is shared by others.” To emphasize his feelings, Shepard draws Winnie-the-Pooh reaching up and Piglet excitedly jumping at his side. Shepard must have been very pleased with his agent, as he very seldom drew his most famous characters; this drawing, done early in the illustrator’s career and just a few years after the Pooh series, is a rare exception. Single page is written from Long Meadow, Guildford. Light uniform toning and mounted to card. Overall in very good to near fine condition. Sold for $40,954.

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Original Ink and Watercolor Drawing by E.H. Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet. Click to enlarge.

Sir John Tenniel Illustration Used in the First Edition of ”Through the Looking-Glass” — With a Presentation Signing by Tenniel From ”Christmas 1876”

Sir John Tenniel original illustration from ”Through the Looking Glass”, the sequel to the enormously successful ”Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. This illustration appears on page 201 of the first edition of ”Looking Glass”, done to illustrate the text, ”She was standing before an arched doorway over which were the words QUEEN ALICE in large letters…” A presentation inscription by Tenniel is written to the lower margin, ”With Mr. Tenniel’s kind regards / Christmas 1876”. Pencil drawing was done sometime between 1869-1871 when Tenniel again collaborated with Lewis Carroll in illustrating his novel, an undertaking that Tenniel first rejected due to the time-consuming nature of the work: after drawing preliminary sketches, Tenniel would transfer the artwork onto woodblocks using tracing paper and then finish shading on the blocks. The Brothers Dalziel would then produce engravings from the blocks. Tenniel at first rejected Carroll’s offer to illustrate ”Looking Glass”, but ultimately relented as Carroll could find no other illustrator that matched Tenniel’s ”grotesque” interpretation of the fantasy creatures he envisioned. Drawing measures 3.25” x 4.5”, archivally matted and framed to 11.25” x 12.75”. Very light foxing to margins and light uniform toning, overall near fine condition. From the Bronson Winthrop collection of Tenniel drawings: Parke-Bernet sale of 12 March 1945, lot 164. Sold for $37,500.

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Ludwig Bemelmans Painting for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat” — Gorgeous & Vivid Painting Measures 31.75” x 19”

Ludwig Bemelmans painting for his ”Madeline” series of children’s books, illustrating a scene here for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat”. Rendered in mixed media on board, signed ”Bemelmans” at lower right. Painting measures 31.75” x 19”, with vividly rich colors. Back of board is stamped by the Hammer Galleries, who originally sold Bemelmans’ work for him, with an additional stamp reading ”Sketch for MADELINE And the Bad Hat by LUDWIG BEMELMANS”. Additional provenance includes sale by the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc. in its 16 January 1987 auction. With frame, painting measures 40.5” x 28.5”. Some toning to board consistent in color with the scene, support for painting is bowed, and a small amount of surface cracking on the water. Overall in very good plus condition. Sold for $28,000.

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Ludwig Bemelmans Painting for ”Madeline and the Bad Hat”. Click to enlarge.

Charles Addams Signed Painting Personally Owned by Ray Bradbury — Selected to Become the Cover of Bradbury’s Book, ”From the Dust Returned”

”Addams Family” cartoonist and creator Charles Addams original 1946 painting personally owned by Ray Bradbury. True to Addams’ whimsical and macabre tone, painting depicts a landscape scene at twilight with a Gothic mansion overlooking a shore, and with ghoulish creatures and spirits ascending towards the house. Signed, ”Chas Adams” at upper right. Mixed media on illustration board was selected to be the cover image for Bradbury’s book, ”From the Dust Returned”, which was released in 2001. Painting measures 17” x 12” and is matted and framed to an overall size of 24” x 19”. Chip to frame, otherwise near fine. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $25,000.

Charles Addams Signed Painting Personally Owned by Ray Bradbury — Selected to Become the Cover of Bradbury’s Book, ”From the Dust Returned”. Click to enlarge.

Norman Rockwell Art Work Portrait of Nixon

1960 signed Norman Rockwell art being a portrait of Richard Nixon, done for the cover of the “Saturday Evening Post.” Charcoal on paper drawing measuring 16″ x 20.75″. Signed to lower right with the artist’s initials, “NR.” This portrait was a study for the 5 November 1960 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, which appeared amidst the presidential race one week after Rockwell’s cover portrait of Kennedy. In addition to Nixon and Kennedy, Rockwell was commissioned to paint portraits of Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson, as well as several foreign heads of state. For his many “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country,” the artist was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, the highest honor given to an American civilian. Nixon portrait is in very good condition, with pinholes scattered along the edges, and remnants of adhesive from scotch tape scattered along the extreme edges. Corners of sheet fit into tissue pockets on backing. This study is all the more exceptional as it is the only remaining item from the Nixon-Rockwell portrait session, beyond the final portrait itself. Kennedy’s portrait, on the other hand, was lithographed in a limited edition of 2,500 and is therefore far more common than this portrait, which poignantly captures the subject’s personality that Rockwell is so famous for. Accompanied by 5 November 1960 copy of Saturday Evening Post featuring portrait on cover. Rare and inexpensive Saturday Evening Post cover Norman Rockwell art.  Sold for $24,000.

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Norman Rockwell Art Being a Portrait of Richard Nixon

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Ray Bradbury Personally Owned Oil Painting, Titled ”Carnival” by Joseph Mugnaini — The Very First Mugnaini Painting Purchased by Bradbury & Which Ignited Their Professional Collaboration

Art by Joseph Mugnaini from the personal collection of Ray Bradbury, and indeed the painting which began the collaboration between the two creative men. Painting known as both ”Carnival” and “Caravan” is a nighttime scene depicting a train perched precariously high, filled with faceless figures, their arms raised in apparent cheering, waving pennant-style flags. The carnival theme is inextricable from Bradbury’s work, serving not only as the setting of his famous novel, ”Something Wicked This Way Comes”, but also as his inspiration to become a writer; Bradbury credits his interaction as a child with a carnival magician named ”Mr. Electrico”, who told him to ”Live Forever!”, as the impetus for his writing career. Painting, composed in oil on board, is circa 1952. Measures approximately 31” x 25”, matted and framed to an overall size of 36” x 30”. Frame shows wear but art appears near fine. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate. Sold for $23,153.

Joseph Mugnaini Art. Click to enlarge.

Original Artwork for the Cover of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” — Illustration by Cliff Wright Depicts the Charming & Memorable Flying Car Scene

Original ink, pencil and watercolor artwork for the 1998 release of J.K. Rowling’s second book in the groundbreaking series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Illustration is by British artist Cliff Wright, whom J.K. Rowling tapped to illustrate most of her Harry Potter characters, including Hedwig the Owl and Harry Potter himself, both displayed here in this watercolor. Unsigned illustration, which appears on the book’s cover, depicts the memorable scene in the book when Ron Weasley steals his father’s Ford Anglia to escort Harry back to Hogwarts. Wright charmingly brings each character to life in the illustration – Potter is depicted in his signature glasses and red pullover, and Ron is depicted with flaming red hair and freckles. Both Harry and Ron are pictured grinning at their flying car feat, while Potter’s famed owl, Hedwig, is perched in the back seat. Illustration is mounted and framed to an overall size of 22.5″ x 19″, with two annotations written along top reading: “please return Aw [artwork] to: / (undamaged)” and “For: Harry Potter shop display / To: Rosamund Walker — Bloomsbury”. Bloomsbury then superimposed this illustration with a background landscape also done by Wright to create the finished cover design. Near fine. Recently sold for 12,500 GBP as lot 170 in Sotheby’s 10 July 2012 sale. Sold for $11,550.

Original Harry Potter Art for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Cover. Click to enlarge.

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