September 27, 1941. Saturday Evening Post Cover.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Albert Hampson was born in West Philadelphia in 1910. He studied illustration under Thorton Oakley, an illustrator and student of Howard Pyle, at the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art. Hampson also studied in Provincetown under the direction of Charles W. Hawthorne and Henry Hensche.
Hampson is best known for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, and Look magazine, and other popular publications of the time.
Hampson's style was much like Norman Rockwell's in that he portrayed the common man in semi-humorous, everyday situations. He completed over a dozen cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post; the first one was conceived in 1934.
An extremely prolific commercial artist, Hampson executed a vast amount of design work for corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Colgate, Revlon International, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Squibb, Breyers, Dupont, Seagrams, Schlits Beer, Kodak, and more. He also designed space advertising for Philadelphia agencies including ads for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Philadelphia Electric.
Hampson was a long-time member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club*, the nation's oldest art club. An established portrait artist, Hampson was commissioned to paint many prominent Philadelphia-area residents including bankers, professors, doctors, and politicians. He also painted many watercolors from the Provincetown area.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. houses a large collection of Hampson's commercial artwork.
Albert Hampson died of a heart attack in 1990 at his home in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.