"Couple Beside a Tree"   Lot no. 699

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By Henry P. Raleigh (1880-1944)

12.00" x 10.00"
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
Signed Lower Right



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Image of a man and woman standing beside a tree.

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Henry Patrick Raleigh was one of the most prolific of all our illustrators. In spite of this, he consistently maintained high quality and good taste in all his work. His renderings in black and white, or line combined with wash or colored inks, were ideally suited to the printed page.

   In his illustrations, he was able to translate the mood and setting of the story with easy versatility. His pictures look as though they flowed from pen or brush. He was probably at his best with society subjects and for many years depicted the ultimate in fashionable society for his series of Maxwell House Coffee advertisements.

     Raleigh was born in Portland, Oregon; he later moved to San Francisco, and left school at the age of twelve to help support his mother and sisters. Befriended by the head of the coffee firm for which he worked as a clerk, Raleigh was sent to Hopkins Academy, a San Francisco art school, for two years.

   At 17 he got a job in the art department of the San Francisco Bulletin, where he learned to make drawings for the chalk-plate process. As an artist-reporter, he was later sent on assignments to sketch newsworthy subjects such as fires, floods, or corpses at the city morgue.

   By the age of 19, Raleigh was working for the San Francisco Examiner as one of its highest paid artists. His work attracted the attention of William Randolph Hearst, who sent him to New York to work for the Journal. He next went to the New York World, doing special features three days a week. This experience served as a base for his entry into the magazine field.

   Raleigh was also a serious etcher and produced many fine plates, but these were seldom exhibited. Among his many awards were the Shaw Prize for Illustration at the Salmagundi Club in 1916 and the Gold Medal for Advertising Art in America in 1926. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1982.