"The Californians"   Lot no. 4708

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By Elbert McGran Jackson (American - 1896-1963)

1940 (Estimated)
32" x 23"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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Story illustration for "The Californians" by Louise Redfield Peattie, published in Cosmopolitan, February 1940, page 141.


The magazine describes the story as "The brilliant saga of a lusty, lovable and typically western American family. Gay, rich and a law unto themselves, the Valorys of Rancho San Rafael, with their romances and adventures make this one of the brightest novels of the year." (page 142) 

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  As a child, Jackson shoed early interest in drawing, and took Saturday morning lessons from the only are teacher in town, but went on to graduate as an architect from Georgia Tech.

He eventually realized that his real ambition was to be an illustrator and went back to study art at night. With the help of "arrived" illustrators, such as James Montgomery Flagg, he was able to sell his first pictures.

Jackson had a special flair for posing and painting women to make them seductively glamorous, and his architectural training made his picture settings a convincing background for them. Like most artists of that era, Jackson painted from the posed model, and that contributed much to the spontaneity of his technique. Although he was generally given manuscripts involving romance and high society, Jackson was able to do a wide variety of subjects from murder mysteries to masculine adventure. In addition to the stories he illustrated for many magazines, he also designed covers for publications such as Collier's, The Ladies' Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post.