"The Gods of Voodoo"   Lot no. 3535

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By Harold McCauley (1913 - 1977)

1953 (Estimated)
18.00" x 24.00;" Framed 28.50" x 35.50"
Oil on Canvasboard



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Cover for Fate Magazine - August 1953

 The original cover painting by H.W. McCauley used for the August 1953 cover of Fate (True Stories of the Strange and Unknown), illustrating "The Gods of Voodoo" by North Hildabrand. In this offering a dancing pin up girl levitates oblivious to the black magic and darkness that lurks in the background where a goat is about to get sacrificed in a voodoo ritualistic fire blazing act, creating the collision of beauty and darkness which is in essence what makes the pulp cover paintings by H.J. Ward, H.W. McCauley, Virgil Finlay, and other American illustrators fascinating and so desirable today.

Like many other McCauley paintings of this era this work is usigned, it is guaranteed to be by Harold H.W. McCauley and the commissioned painting for the August 1953 of Fate. This oil on canvas board painting is handsomely framed in a period art deco frame and silk matted behind glass.

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The following comes from the artist's daughter, Kim McCauley:


My father, H. W. McCauley, was born 7-11-13 in Chicago, Illinois. He was an only son raised by his father and maternal grandmother as his mother died within months of his birth. He was an exceptionally kind person who always considered others first. His father was also known for his goodness.


Dad went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and apprenticed under Haddon Sunblom. Haddon and Dad used each other for models and Haddon used himself for the likeness of the Coca Cola Santa, he used my dad for the likeness for the Quaker Oats Man. My mother was also a model and that's how they met. She came by for a modeling job at his studio on Campbell St. and did not trust this setup. She kept the cab out front the whole time using up all the money she made on that job. Well, they were married about a year later so I guess she changed her mind about trusting him. They stayed married for the rest of dad's life, 26 years later.


Dad did the Coca Cola girls of the 50's called Mac Girls. Yes, mom was one of them.


Dad used to tell us wonderful stories of his youth and working at the Triganon Theater.