"Ice Boating, Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, November 28, 1959"   Lot no. 3246

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By John Ford Clymer (American- 1907-1989)

30.00" x 28.00", Framed 38.00" x 35.00"
Oil on Board
Signed Lower Left: John Clymer



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Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, published November 28, 1959. 

Caption: "The Cover: Another manifestation of Mother Nature’s genius–what an exquisite ice mirror she has fashioned without a single ammonia pipe in the whole blue-and-lavender sheen of it! Over this chilly glass wish the ice yachtsmen with the speed of the wind–no, that’s wrong, for there is a complex aerodynamic gimmick which results in the iceboats’ whishing three times faster than the wind that is blowing. Hollanders started putting runners on boats circa 1750. Early United States ice-boaters appeared on the Hudson, where they raced New York Central trains and beat ‘em. Today ice-yacht clubs are likely to spring up wherever it doesn’t snow too much but where water turns hard in winter. Our lustrous cover comes to you from Lake Warren, Connecticut, by way of John Clymer’s illustrious brush.”


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            John Clymer was born in Ellensburg, Washington. His art education was acquired at the Vancouver School of Fine Art, the Ontario College of Art in Port Hope, Canada, as well as at the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts in Delaware, and the Grand Central School of Art in New York. With this background, his loyalties had ever since been divided between the United States and Canada.


            Clymer's first illustrations were made for Canadian publications, followed by American Pulps, which lead to editorial assignments for most of the American magazines, numerous advertising campaigns, and an extensive series of the paintings of historic episodes for the United States Marine Corps during World War II.


            His paintings have been exhibited widely in both countries as well, with the North West Artists in Seattle, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian Academy in Toronto, Canada (where he was an Associate member), the National Academy in New York, the Salmagundi Club, the Society of Animal Artists, and the Hudson Valley Artists. Clymer was an exhibiting member of the Cowboy Artists and the National Academy of Western Art, winning numerous awards. His biography John Clymer, An Artist's Rendevous with the Frontier West was published by Northland Pree in 1976. He was elected to the society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1982.