"The Lucky Bag"   Lot no. 4074

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By Howard Chandler Christy (American- 1873-1952)

1914 (Estimated)
20.00" x 16.00"
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper Mounted to Canvas
Signed "Howard Chandler Christy" and Dated Lower Left



Published in the 1914 U.S. Naval Academy yearbook, "The Lucky Bag," Vol. XXI (Philadelphia: Wm. H. Hoskins Company, 1914, page 13). While it contains some hand work by Christy, it was reworked by printer at the time of publication.

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            Howard Chandler Christy had a long, colorful and varied career. He made his early reputation when he accompanied the United States troops to Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and articles illustrated by his drawings were published by Scribner's and Leslie's Weekly. One picture for Scribner's, the "Soldier's Dream" [of his girl] became famous, and from then on, he specialized in drawing and painting beautiful "Christy Girls" for McClure's and other magazines.

            Christy's painting techniques was sumptuous, and he was in great demand as a portraitist. Among the notables he painted were President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, Amelia Earhart, Lawrence Tibbett, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, and Benito Mussolini.


            Christy was also a popular teacher and at various times instructed at Cooper Union, the Chase School, New York School of Art and the Art Students League.


            In Later Years, he painted several murals, including his well-known decorative nudes for the Café des artistes in New York City. His most famous mural is a 20- by 30- foot canvas, "The Signing of the Constitution," which hangs in the rotunda of the capitol in Washington, D.C. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1980.