"Rank and File, Redbook Magazine Illustration"   Lot no. 859

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By Ralph Palen Coleman 1892-1968

1933 (Estimated)
28.00" x 36.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



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1933 Interior Redbook Magazine, November 1933

A large signed and dated oil on canvas by noted and prolific Golden Age illustrator Ralph Pallen Coleman. The work was commissioned for a 2-page spread in the November 1933 edition of Redbook Magazine, illustrating the military themed melodrama "Rank and File" by Charles L. Clifford and Mary C. McCall Jr. The image, featuring the beautiful blonde heroine falling back in shock upon the news of her fathers mortal wounding, depicts the climactic scene in the tale of star-crossed love in the hierarchical society of an army post. The published edition of Redbook is included in the sale and the painting is nicely framed and ready to hang.


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Over his long career, Ralph Pallen Coleman illustrated stories by many famous authors including Somerset Maugham, Rex Beach, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis Bromfield and Clarence Budington Kelland; this work appeared in most of the magazines.

    Coleman, who was educated at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, sold his first illustration to The Saturday Evening Post in 1919. His work appeared regularly thereafter in the Post and other magazines for over twenty years. He also found time in his busy career to paint many portraits and a number of murals in churches in Jenkintown, Lancaster, and Montoursville, Pennsylvania, and in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, he executed a series of paintings depicting the Life of Christ for the George Washington Memorial Park in White Marsh, Pennsylvania.