"Sunday Afternoon Callers, Saturday Evening Post Cover, June 17, 1950"   Lot no. 4064

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By George Hughes (1907-1990)

20.00" x 18.50"
Oil on Masonite
Signed 'Hughes-' Lower Left



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This work was published as the cover of the June 17, 1950 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.


The Post described, "This social crisis is worse than you think. The departing guests won't mercifully continue on their way. They will pause and chat so long with the arriving throng that the hostess will have to cry merrily, 'Isn't this wonderful? Come on in, all of you, and let's make an afternoon of it!' What the host will mutter isn't for publication. The crowd won't stay to supper, though; the darling children, gamboling together like little cats and dogs, will soon get everybody so lathered up that their parents will disentangle them and gladly go away in opposite directions. Hughes assures us that a situation like this has never been known to arise among his neighbors in Vermont -- he says he heard of it happening to a family in California." (The Saturday Evening Post, June 17, 1950, p. 3)




J. Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post: Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration From America's Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, p. 228, illustrated.

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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.