"The Mediator"   Lot no. 3609

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By Douglas Duer (1887 - 1964)

1913 (Estimated)
23.75" x 20.00"
Oil on Canvas



R. Norton, The Mediator, New York, 1913, cover illustration.

Douglas Duer (1887-1964) was a member of New York's Society of Illustrators who studied with William Merritt Chase at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and later with Howard Pyle in Wilmington, Delaware. He contributed illustrations for several fictional works, including the present painting, which served as the dust jacket illustration for Roy Norton’s novel The Mediator, published in 1913. The story follows the adventures of a prospector named Elisha “Lish” Henley, who earned the nickname “The Mediator” from his desire to settle conflict and maintain peace.

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Douglas Duer — painter and illustrator of western, genre, and railroad subjects was born in Baltimore County, MD in 1887 and died in Huntington Valley, PA in 1964.  He had a studio in Wilmington from 1909 to 1917; in New York City around 1920; on 51 West 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY in 1926; in Philadelphia after 1929; and in Huntington Valley, PA from 1940 on. Duer did spend some time overseas during World War I where he served as a camouflage specialist.
Duer studied with two of America's great artist-teachers: William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1908 to 1909; and Howard Pyle (1853-1911) in Wilmington, DE from 1909 to 1917.  Duer was a distinguished member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City and was an illustrator of fiction and national advertising.  He worked mainly in oils and tempera and, in 1916, he exhibited his work at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC.
Duer's work is represented in the collections of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson; six oils and one gouache at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE; the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY; the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, NE; and the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.



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