This original illustration by Benton Clark was produced for an Electronic Laboratories advertisement to sell batteries for the operation of Walkie-Talkie radio equipment during World War II. Presumably showing the landing at Normandy Beach, the caption reads "'Beach 3 Calling Fire Control 3...pinned down by pillbox on right flank!'"
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Benton Clark owed much, as have all subsequent painter of the Old West, to Frederic Remington and his authoritative recording of that period. Benton also greatly admired Harvey Dunn and Frank Hoffman for their work in the western genre.
The son of a harness maker in Coshocton, Ohio, Benton Clark knew horses, wagons, and all the details in harnessing horses. Since he specialized in historic subject matter, his knowledge of horses was invaluable.
Clark’s own contribution is in dramatically synthesizing the era in a robust and colorful way. His illustrations make the past alive and convincing.
Benton was trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the art school of the National Academy of Design in New York. His early work was in the art department for M-G-M in Culver City, California; for the Stevens-Sundblom Studio; and in the King Studio, both in Chicago.
He first illustrated for Liberty magazine in 1927, and subsequently for most of the other major magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, McCall’s, Cosmopolitan, Blue Book, and Good Housekeeping.