Golf tops leaderboard at Swann’s illustration art sale Jan. 28

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Bill Randall, ‘Broken Iron,’ advertisement for Dodge, gouache on board. From the Collection of Dick McDonough. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Swann Galleries

NEW YORK – Swann Galleries will open the winter 2021 season on Thursday, Jan. 28, with a sale of Illustration Art featuring the Dick McDonough Collection of Golf Illustration. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Golf advertisements, cover art, calendar designs, cartoons as well as a curated selection of sports illustrations are among an offering of works from the avid collector and esteemed author on the subject, Dick McDonough.

Highlights include Howard Chandler Christy’s watercolor story illustration for Arthur Ruhl’s A Break in Training published in Scribner’s July 1902 issue ($8,000-$12,000); Edward Penfield’s Golf Calendar for 1900, with nine prints, each representing a hole on a nine-hole course ($8,000-$12,000); J.C. Leyendecker’s circa-1920 study for a cigarette advertisement, featuring a golfer lighting a cigarette ($7,000-$10,000); Ruth Eastman’s Hitting the Links of Palm Beach, gouache on paper, a proposed cover for The Saturday Evening Post, mid-1920s ($5,000-$7,500); and Bill Randall’s Broken Iron (above), an advertisement for Dodge featuring a couple leaving the golf course ($1,000-$1,500).

Many of the famous illustrators represented in the collection were fans of the sport, including James Montgomery Flagg, Arthur B. Frost, Lealand Gustavson, John Held Jr., and Arthur Sarnoff. A small group of fine printed graphics and posters completes the section.

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Ruth Eastman (1882-1976), ‘Hitting the Links of Palm Beach,’ proposed cover for ‘The Saturday Evening Post,’ circa mid-1920s, Gouache on printed paper, 14 x 10in. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Swann Galleries image

Additional sports illustrations include Joseph F. Kernan’s College Football, oil on canvas, the Oct. 15, 1932 cover of The Saturday Evening Post ($25,000-$35,000); Leslie Thrasher’s Conference on the Mound, oil on canvas, also a cover for The Saturday Evening Post published June 8, 1912 ($8,000-$12,000); and Charles Addams’s One Pin, watercolor and gouache, a cartoon for The New Yorker published in 1962 ($6,000-$9,000).

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Joseph F. Kernan, ‘College Football,’ cover of The Saturday Evening Post, oil on canvas, 1932. From the Collection of Dick McDonough. Estimate $25,000-$35,000. Swann Galleries

A strong showing of advertisements features a 1923 oil-and-graphite study for a Kuppenheimer clothing ad by J.C. Leyendecker ($7,000-$10,000); What Should a School Child’s Breakfast Be?, oil on canvas, a 1936 ad for Cream of Wheat by Haddon Sundbloom ($4,000-$6,000); a gouache work for Cities Service Gasoline featuring a worker cleaning Santa’s windshield ($4,000-$6,000); and John Falter’s 1942 image for Four Roses Whiskey featuring “gentlemen in the know” ($4,000-$6,000).

Charles Schulz leads a selection of comic strips with an original 1960 four-panel Peanuts comic strip featuring Linus and Lucy ($8,000-12,000). Otto Messmer is present with original Felix the Cat comics from 1933 and 1934 ($4,000-$6,000, each). Also available is a comic book illustration from Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane by Werner Roth and Vince Colletta ($1,000-1,500).

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Charles Schulz (1922-2000), original four-panel ‘Peanuts’ comic strip featuring Linus and Lucy, published Dec. 29, 1960. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Swann Galleries image

Cover art for The New Yorker includes Family Tree, watercolor and gouache, by Constantin Alajalov published Feb. 12, 1938 ($3,000-$4,000); and two covers by Arthur Getz with Schoolgirls in Museum, tempera on paper, published March 23, 1963, and Studio Party, ink and watercolor, published Aug. 2, 1976 ($2,000-$3,000, each); as well as A Day at the Beach, watercolor, ink and gouache, by Barbara Shermund published Aug. 5, 1944 ($2,000-$3,000).

Works of narrative art created for books and magazines by 20h century illustrators include three illustrations by N.C. Wyeth for H.W. Longfellow’s The Courtship of Miles Standish (estimates ranging from $5,000-$7,500, $4,000-$6,000, and $3,000-$4,000). Edmund Dulac is present with a watercolor, pen and ink illustration for the tale of Bluebeard published in The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales From the Old French, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch ($6,000-$9,000). Edward Gorey’s Another Nineteenth-Century Moment Musical, pen and ink, possibly published in Look magazine in the 1970s ($5,000-$7,500); and Elbert McGran Jackson’s 1924 oil-on-canvas story illustration for Smoke of Battle by Robert W. Chambers, published in Cosmopolitan ($3,000-$5,000) are set to cross the block. An offering of children’s book illustrators includes Eric Carle, Arnold Lobel, William Pène du Bois and Clement Hurd.

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Edward Gorey, ‘Another Ninteenth-Century Moment Musical,’ possibly published in ‘Look’ magazine, 1970s. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500. Swann Galleries

Limited previewing (by appointment only) will be available through Jan. 27, to be scheduled directly with a specialist in advance and conforming to strict safety guidelines. Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material on request.

For details contact Swann’s specialist Christine von der Linn at or 212-254-4710 ext. 17.


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