"Elegant Couple, Good Housekeeping Illustration"   Lot no. 491

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By McClelland Barclay (American- 1891-1943)

1934 (Estimated)
34.00" x 25.00"
Charcoal on Paper
Signed Lower Right



Story illustration: Elegant couple considers floor plan drawn in the sand.

Benda finished explaining the house plan she had drawn in the sand. ‘But, Benda,’ Don said, examining it, ‘the place is not complete. Haven't you forgotten something?’ ‘That's all... I'm sure... Don,’ she answered softly.” Story illustration: “Between the Owl's Nest and a Rift in the Clouds”, author: Clara Hood Rugel, Good Housekeeping, March, 1934;


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McClelland Barclay was commissioned a Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R., during World War II and contributed many posters, illustrations and officer portraits for the Navy before being reported missing in action, in the Pacific Theatre, aboard an L.S.T. which was torpedoed.

    Before the war, Barclay was most noted for his ability to paint strikingly beautiful women, as best exemplified by his long running series for General Motors illustrating the slogan, “Body by Fisher.” Some of his other advertising clients included Lever Brothers Co., Frigidaire, A&P, Eaton papers, Crane and Pike Company, Elgin Watches, and especially Humming Bird Hosiery. He also illustrated fiction for most of the large-circulation magazines.

    Sculpture was another facet of the artist’s career, and his McClelland Barclay Art Products Corporation produced a whole line of three-dimensional decorative products.

    Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Barclay was a student of H. C. Ives, George Bridgman and Thomas Fogarty. He was a member of the Artists Guild, the Art Students League of New York, and the Society of Illustrators.