"Wading Pool, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 4152

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By Amos Sewell (American- 1901-1983)

18.75" x 20.00"
Gouache on Paper
Signed Lower Left



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Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, August 27, 1955


The Post wrote the following commentary on the cover artwork: "Papa doesn't frustrate his son in this way all the time; in winter, he plays with the boy's electric train. Well, the problem dreamed up by Mr. Amos Sewell--and in the untidy manner of cover artists left for someone else to solve--is how to get the old soak out of the kid bath. 'Papa, can I and Rover swim too?' 'Pretty soon. Go play with the other kids a while.' Very soon, seven kids and quite a few dogs will approach and all leap in on top of papa with carefree screams of childish bonhomie. Papa will blow water, and his top, but get out of there all right. This will save him from catching galloping neuritis in the submerged portions of his physique, and do you think that to his saviors he will express gratitude? No." (The Saturday Evening Post, August 27, 1955, p. 3)

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Amos Sewell had a special empathy for children and also particularly enjoyed depicting homespun, rural subjects. These special gifts were ideally combined in the illustrations he made for a series of stories about Babe, Little Joe, Big Joe, and Uncle Pete by R. Ross Annett that ran for over twenty years in The Saturday Evening Post.

Sewell was born in San Francisco and studied nights at the California School of Fine Arts, working days in a bank. After some years of this, he decided to try his luck as an illustrator in the East. To get there, he shipped out as a working hand on a lumber boat going by way of the Panama Canal.

In New York, he studied at the Art Students League and at the Grand Central School of Art. Among his teachers were Guy Pene DuBois, Julian Levi and Harvey Dunn. At the same time, he began to draw black and white dry-brush illustrations for the Pulp magazines.

He illustrated his first major manuscript for The Country Gentleman in 1937; next came The Saturday Evening Post, for which he subsequently also painted many covers. This led to commissions from other national magazines. Sewell also illustrated for many major advertisers, and his work won awards from the Art Directors Clubs of New York and Cleveland, were exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, and included in traveling exhibits both here and abroad.