"Millinery Number, Vogue Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 346

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By Francis Xavier Leyendecker (American, 1877-1924)

Sep 1, 1913
29.50" x 22.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower right



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Magazine cover: Woman with hat boxes.

Francis Xavier Leyendecker, like his older brother, Joseph, was a talented illustrator.  Born in Germany, the brothers came to America as children, and their artistic abilities were recognized in their youth.  Joseph always overshadowed Frank in dramatic quality and quantity, but Frank’s style excelled in detail and sensitivity.  Frank painted covers for Colliers, Vogue and The Saturday Evening Post.  He also created advertisements for several companies, including the Howard Watch Company. 

In this detailed and intricate painting, we see a lovely young lady dressed in the latest attire whose large, ornate hatboxes could almost be carrying her.  This painting appeared on the cover of Vogue on September 1, 1913.

Publications: JVJ Publishing, Jim Vadeboncoeur; The Vadeboncoeur Collection of Images, Palo Alto, CA. Issue#13, Fall 2014

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            Born in Germany, Francis Xavier Leyendecker was very competent, but was always overshadowed by his older brother. Francis's work was more sensitive, and highly detailed, but it never matched the assurance and dramatic poster quality of Joseph's. Francis also painted covers for leading publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, and notably, Collier's. He later designed stained-glass windows.

            The two brothers never married. They worked together in a large studio estate in New Rochelle. The fascinating story of their personal lives is related in Norman Rockwell's book My Adventures of an Illustrator.