"A Stylish Fadeaway Girl, Collier's Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 2615

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By Penrhyn Stanlaws 1877-1957

1924 (Estimated)
16.50" x 21.50"
Pastel on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left

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SOLD to the Delaware Art Museum

Collier's Magazine Cover October 1924


From the estate of legendary jazz-age Ziegfeld Follies photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston comes this sensational pastel by noted American illustrator Penrhyn Stanlaws. Inscribed "To Cheney from Penrhyn Stanlaws." This is a fabulous offering, created in the then popular "Fadeaway Girl" style invented by Coles Phillips, and features a stylish 1920s flapper girl in a cloche hat admiring her abundant beauty in a compact mirror. This was created as the cover for the October 4, 1924 issue of Collier's magazine, and later inscribed and gifted to Johnston.

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            Penrhyn Stanlaws was the younger brother of illustrator Sydney Adamson and changed his name to avoid a confusion of identity. Actually, their work was too dissimilar to have caused any problem. Penrhyn was completely absorbed in the presentation of pretty girls, and did so with great success. Their beautiful faces appeared on many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Associated Sunday Magazine, Hearst's International, and The Metropolitan magazine.

            Another contribution to the arts was his construction of a studio building, the Hotel des Artistes, at 1 West 67th Street in New York, which is now a famous landmark for having housed so many prominent artists over the intervening years.

            Stanlaws wrote plays for theatre and movies, and he spent the latter part of his career in Hollywood.