"The Lagoon, Venice"   Lot no. 4086

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By Donald Teague (1897-1991)

5.00" x 8.50;" Framed 9.50" x 13.00"
Watercolor on Paper
Signed Lower Right: Donald Teague N.A.



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Donald Teague was respected by his fellow-illustrators as a thorough craftsman whose pictures were composed and painted with great professional competence.

   Teague began a picture with many thumbnail sketches in black-and-white, followed by small full-color studies of the most promising approaches. After a composition evolved, models were posed for further sketching and photographing, for factual information. Photostats, reduced in scale from the rather large figure studies, were then projected and traced on watercolor paper, free from any corrections or erasures, ready to render in watercolor or gouache.

   Research for authenticating every detail was highly important in his picture-making. Teague, who lived in California near the motion picture studios, had the advantage of being able to use their props for Westerns. He obtained cowboy actors, a stage coach complete with horses, and even used the Western Town movie sets as backdrops for his pictures. The Pacific Ocean was equally accessible for his sea illustrations. Air express made it possible for him to meet deadlines with publishers in the East.

   Teague also worked under the pseudonym “Edwin Dawes.” Because of rivalry between the two publications, Teague used his own name for The Saturday Evening Post, Dawes at Collier’s.

   Teague was born in Brooklyn, New York, studied at the Art Students League in New York under Bridgman and DuMond. After serving in the Navy during World War I, he went to England and studied under Norman Wilkinson, P.R.I. Back in America, he found Dean Cornwell most helpful while he was getting started as an illustrator.

    Besides his work for publications, Teague exhibited regularly. His prizes and awards, too numerous to list, included the Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society in 1953; and the S.F.B. Morse Gold Medal from the National Academy in 1962. He is also represented in many museums and private collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond; the Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington; and the Collection of the State of California in Sacramento.