"Formal Affair"   Lot no. 164

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By Tom Lovell (1909-1997)

July 1942 (Estimated)
36.00" x 26.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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Story illustration for "Mrs. Parkington" by Louis Bromfield, published in Cosmopolitan, July 1942, pages 34-35.

The published caption reads: "Janie liked Mary and Charlie at once and they accepted her without reservation because Ned loved her."

Tom Lovell’s illustrations range from adventure to romance, military to western, and nature to family affairs.  His first illustrations were created for pulp magazines when he still was in college.  As a professional artist, his work has appeared in most national magazines.  In World War II, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps, and many of his paintings can be found in their permanent collection.  Some of his western paintings hang in the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

 This classic Lovell painting shows a group of people dressed in elegant eveningwear, attending a formal affair.  Pictures like this, showing members of the upper class, were like many of the movies of the day, morale boosters during wartime.  The message was that  “All’s well with the world.”

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Had an extreme attention for detail and rarely completed more then a dozen major oil paintings a year. He was a Freelance illustrator for many well-known magazines including Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post and become known as a pulp illustrator. His work depicting life in the old west earned him his reputation of Dean of Western Art and allowed him to win just about every major Western Art prize that exist. He was voted into the Society of Illustrators in 1974 and was chosen to receive two Gold Metals.