"The farmer crossed the plowed strip to Saxon, and joined her on the rail." Ink, watercolor, and gouache on board. 991x749 mm; 39x29 1/2 inches. Signed in full, lower left. Illustration for the first appearance of Jack London's novel "The Valley of the Moon," Cosmopolitan Magazine, September 1913, page 464.
The Valley of the Moon was serialized in Cosmopolitan from April through December, 1913 and issued in book form the same year. This classic London story features his favorite themes: a working-class couple who flee the labor unrest and the economic and spiritual poverty of Oakland, California for the peace and honesty of country life. They ultimately find their paradise, the Valley of the Moon, in the Sonoma hills.