"Messy Room, Neat Boys, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 4083

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By George Hughes (1907-1990)

29.25" x 22.25"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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The Saturday Evening Post, October 22, 1955, cover illustration.

J. Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post, New York, 1998, p. 245, illustrated.

George Hughes was an American illustrator who created more than 100 covers for the Saturday Evening Post and whose work was featured in other popular publications such as Vanity Fair. This piece was published as the cover illustration of the October 22, 1955 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

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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.