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Original Illustration Art circa 1890-1970

Jack Welch

(American- 1905-1985) biography  |  subscribe to this artist



Jack Welch was a tall Texan from Cleburne. He went through public school in Temple, Texas, took the W. L. Evans correspondence course in cartooning, and did a short turn at Southern Methodist University illustrating yearbooks. This was enough to launch him as a newspaper artist; he worked for papers in Texas, California, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York.

   The next logical step was an advertising agency sketch man; he spent several years doing sketches and comprehensive drawings for advertising layouts. His sense of humor and feeling for freely rendered action made him a natural for drawing children, and he began to do the “finishes” for advertisers such as Keds, Jell-O, Pullman, and Traveler’s Insurance.

   These illustrations, in turn, brought his work to the attention of The Saturday Evening Post for which he created a number of memorable covers, then other magazines, including Family Circle and Woman’s Day.

    His work brought Welch several awards in annual shows at the New York Art Directors Club and for billboard advertising art.