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