"Circus Clown with Dogs, Cover for Country Gentleman, April 1929"   Lot no. 3456

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By Ray Strang (1893 - 1957)

1929 (Estimated)
28.00" x 22.50"
Oil on Canvas
Signed and inscribed LRC



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Country Gentleman Cover illustration for April 1 1929. Gift to artist Harold Von Schmidt. Harold Von Schmidt (May 19, 1893 – June 3, 1982) was an American illustrator, who specialized in magazine interior illustrations.

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A successful illustrator and then painter in the traditional style of western genre, Ray Strang was born in Sandoval, Illinois in 1893 and had a successful career in New York and then in Arizona. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago however his studies were interrupted by his service in World War I, and he was wounded at the Argonne. In 1920, he returned to the Art Institute in Chicago and then went to New York City where he studied at the Art Students League and the Society of Illustrators. For seventeen years, Ray C Strang was a successful advertising illustrator, working for three agencies and specializing in fiction and magazines. In 1938, he visited Tucson, Arizona, for health reasons. He bought an Arizona ranch, turned a bunkhouse into a studio, and painted ranch life scenes and landscapes, especially horses and ranch hands.





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