A guardian angel is seen pushing a sailing ship along.
1 bookplate : b&w. ; 8 cm. x 10 cm. (image), 23 cm. x 17 cm. (paper) ; wood engraving
Bookplates, American (General Subject)
- Permission to reproduce this image should be sought from Auckland War Memorial Museum and the copyright holder where applicable. (Copyright)
- By appointment only. (Access Notes)
- Included in the exhibition "Every picture tells a story : exquisite ex libris, 1900-1950 ('Odyssey')" held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, 7 September - 28 October 2007.
- American painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer and sailor. He first studied architecture but turned to painting, studying in New York at the schools of William Merritt Chase and of Robert Henri. In his realistic landscapes, the most famous of which related to his long sojourns in such remote and rugged places as Alaska, Tierra del Fuego and Greenland (e.g. Eskimo in a Kayak, 1933; Moscow, Pushkin Mus. F.A.), he favoured a precise rendering of forms with strong contrasts of light and dark. He was also renowned for the many books that he illustrated and wrote about his adventures. His considerable reputation as an illustrator was based on his striking drawings for such classics as Voltaire's Candide (New York, 1928) and Herman Melville's Moby Dick (Chicago, 1930). His simple but distinctive graphic designs, such as God Speed, wood engraving, 1931; (Rockwellkentiana, New York, 1933, p. 87), were widely imitated.
Images and documents
The development of the Auckland War Memorial Museum online collection is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.