"Cub Scouts in Phone Booth"   Lot no. 3783

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By Richard Sargent (1911-1978)

26.50" x 21.00"
Gouache and Pencil on Paperboard
Signed Lower Left



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Original cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, August 26, 1961.


The Post described, “The Post described, “The Cub Scout motto is “Do your best,” and under these soggy circumstances the best idea is to send an SOS to the nearest ship of Sea Explorer scouts. While the boys are awaiting rescue they might try to improve the seaworthiness of the phone booth. Or the Cubmaster could conduct a refresher course in Cub lore, reminding the lads of the symbolism of their uniform: The blue stands for “truth and loyalty and the sky above”; the gold is for “sunlight and cheer and happiness.” Yes, we realize this is an awfully small Cub pack —but artist Dick Sargent simply couldn’t pack any more boys into the booth. Will there be any other questions? Question: What is the difference between a calf and a Cub? Answer: A Cub has sense enough to come in out of the rain.”


(The Saturday Evening Post, August 26, 1961, p. 3)

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   Richard Sargent did many cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post. His works are characterized by their good humor and insight into human frailties. He also illustrated for Fortune, Woman’s Day, American Magazine, Photoplay, and Collier’s magazine.

   Sargent, who was born in Moline, Illinois, received his art education at the Corcoran School of Art and the Philips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C. He also worked with Ben Shahn.

   His pictures were exhibited in many parts of the United States, including New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California, as well as abroad. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York, and for many years, lived and painted in Spain.