"Bathing Beauty (Carole Lombard)"   Lot no. 3237

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By Bradshaw Crandell (American- 1896-1966)

1930s (Estimated)
30.00" x 22.00"
Pastel on Thick Paper
Signed Lower Left



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Crandell (1896-1966) was the undisputed "artist of the stars," befriending and immortalizing Hollywood's most beautiful starlets in his portraits. Among his subjects were Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Carole Lombard, and Lucille Ball. His career took off when he replaced Harrison Fisher as the cover artist for Cosmopolitan magazine, ushering in a new era of glamour. Crandell was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Bradshaw Crandell took over the Cosmopolitan cover when Harrison Fisher retired. For a period of twelve years, in the ‘thirties and ‘forties, he did a continuing series of beautiful girls’ heads in pastel for their monthly covers. Many top Hollywood stars and young starlets of that time were his models.

    Crandell was born in Glens Falls, New York, educated at Wesleyan University and at the Chicago Art Institute. He sold his first cover to Judge magazine in 1921, and from then on concentrated on cover designs for such other publications as Collier’s, Redbook, American, The Ladies’ Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post.

    In later years, he confined his work to portraiture, painted the governors of various states and many prominent society figures. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Artists and Writers, and the Dutch Treat Club.