"The Feast"   Lot no. 632

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By Herbert Morton Stoops (American- 1888-1948)

24.00" x 24.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



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Advertisement for Hudson's Bay Company Whiskey. Image of men raising their glasses in a toast.


The New Yorker, December 16, 1950 P. 154.

Morris Weiss collection

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Herbert Morton Stoops was closely identified with the adventure fiction of Blue Book magazine during his long career in illustration. Its wide variety of subject matter gave Stoops an opportunity to display his expert knowledge on military subjects, the Old West (particularly Indians), animals, and human figures in violent action. Many of his black-and-white dry-brush illustrations were attributed to his pen name, Jeremy Cannon. He also painted Blue Book’s monthly covers regularly over 13 years. At the time of his death, he had painted the 17th of a series of covers depicting historical episodes in each of these 48 states.

   A clergyman’s son, Stoops was reared in Idaho, attended Utah State College, and worked as a staff artist for newspapers in San Francisco and Chicago. In 1917, he enlisted and served as a First Lieutenant with the Sixth Field Artillery of the First Division in France.

   After the war, Stoops began his illustration career and his association with Blue Book. He did not confine himself to those pages alone; he illustrated for Collier’s, This Week, Cosmopolitan, and many others, as well as painting for exhibition. His picture, “Anno Domini,” won the Isador Medal at the National Academy Exhibition in 1940.

   Stoops served as president of the Artists Guild in New York, was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Society of Illustrators, The American Artists Professional League, and highly prized his honorary membership in the New York Association of Veterans of the French Foreign Legion.

  An excellent compilation of Stoop’s black and white work, The Blue Book Illustrations of Herbert Morton Stoops, by Colonel Charles Waterhouse USMCR, was published by Art Direction Book Company in 1999.