""First Haircut," Cover Illustration, American Weekly Magazine, 1959"   Lot no. 4429

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By John McClelland (b 1919)

15.00" x 17.00" on 18.00" x 22.00" Board
Gouache on Board
Signed "John McClelland" Lower Right



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"First Haircut." Illustration published on the cover of American Weekly magazine, March 1, 1959, with their stamp on verso. Double-layer window matte adhered to margin. Accompanied by a copy of the magazine (the Hearst-Corporation's Sunday Newspaper supplement).

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John McClelland was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, the Grand Central School of Art, and the Art Career School of New York City. He also studied with Jerry Farnsworth.

   John is especially successful in painting children and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Mrs. John F. Kennedy with her children for Good Housekeeping magazine. He is affiliated with Portraits, Inc., and paints as much for exhibition as for publication. His work has won several first prizes and other awards at shows in New York, Boston, New Haven, Hartford, Atlanta, and at regional exhibits.

   McClelland first illustrated for Collier’s magazine in 1947 and has now worked for most of the national magazines, including Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Redbook, American Magazine, This Week, The American Weekly, and The Ladies’ Home Journal.

   He taught at the Silvermine Guild of Artists in Norwalk, Connecticut, and for the past few years, has created paintings for a series of Limited Edition Collector’s Plates and a group of porcelain figures. He has won awards for the collector plates including the top awards in 1980 and ’81 form the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers.

   McClelland moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1986 and confounded the Landings Art Association there. He continued to show in regional exhibits and has won several awards. He conducts occasional workshops and is currently represented by the Tucker Gallery in Savannah.