""Ringmaster""   Lot no. 85

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By Charles E. Chambers (American- 1883-1941)

1920 (Estimated)
21.00" x 30.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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Story illustration, image of man on couch, woman in chair writing

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Charles Edward Chambers was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, studied at the Chicago Art Institute, and later the Art Students League in New York with George Bridgman.

    His illustrations were extremely skillful, marked by subtlety of value and color. He early learned to adapt his method of painting for the best possible reproduction, and to insure fidelity of printing, he often followed the assignments through to the hands of the engraver who made the plates.

    Chambers divided his time almost equally between editorial and advertising assignments. Among his advertising commissions was an outstanding series of portraits of musicians for Steinway & Sons. His distinctive illustrations for billboards, notably for Chesterfield and Palmolive Soap, set high standards for that field.

    He painted a dramatic series of cover designs for Redbook, worked under exclusive contract for Cosmopolitan magazine for several years, and illustrated such authors as Pearl Buck, Louis Bromfield, Faith Baldwin, and W. Somerset Maugham.

   Among his numerous awards was the second Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design exhibition in 1931 for his portrait of watercolorist and fellow-illustrator John Alonzo Williams.