"Dinner Party, Saturday Evening Post Cover, November 1961"   Lot no. 4056

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By George Hughes (1907-1990)

25.00" x 23.00;" Framed 31.25" x 29.25"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left: Hughes



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Original cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 11, 1961.


The Post described, “When the grown-ups come back from the theater and wake a fellow up with their talking, he can hardly be expected to pass up a chance to eat turkey and ham and potato chips. Especially when he clearly never has passed up a chance to eat turkey and ham and potato chips—or anything else good for that matter. Artist George Hughes’s barefoot party crasher has done his crashing so quietly that one startled guest finds himself in danger of an unexpected collision. But to mother, busy with the cheese fondue, it will come as no surprise to see a small and sleepy chow hound waiting in line for a roll. She’ll know that the plate will be clean in a matter of minutes, where-upon the little seeker of a snack will crawl back into the sack.”


(The Saturday Evening Post, November 11, 1961, p. 3)

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A native New Yorker, George Hughes studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. Some of his early work included fashion drawing, and there was a stint as a special designer in the automobile field in Detroit.

   For many years, Hughes was one of the most prolific painters of Saturday Evening Post covers; in addition, he painted many editorial illustrations for the Post and other publications, including McCall’s, Woman’s Day, American Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Cosmopolitan magazines.

   Hughes was one of the originators and masters of the “sitcom” magazine cover, and through his efforts, readers would spend minutes rather than seconds looking at the covers.

   Also a painter, he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Detroit Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In recent years he restricted his work to portraiture.