"Children with Firecrackers"   Lot no. 2605

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By Worth Brehm (1883-1928)

Charcoal on Illustration Board
Initialed Middle Left



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Cosmopolitan Magazine #349 July 17/25 

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     Worth Brehm became interested in art through his brother George. He prepared a series of sample drawings in Indiana, brought them to New York, and Outing magazine bought them all. Publication of these pictures led Harper’s to commission him to illustrate The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

    He later did general illustration for many magazines; the best known were for the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington in Cosmopolitan. While Brehm had a good color sense, he seldom had the opportunity to use it, since printing in color was still sparingly used because of the cost. Worth usually worked in charcoal. He was never at a loss for models, and regularly used the neighboring children for his characters, sometimes dressing them in period clothing, as befitted the story.

    Brehm’s work was always in demand from magazines and advertisers until his untimely death at age 44.