"Top of the World, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 863

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By Edmund Davenport

38.25" x 29.25", Framed 45" x 35"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



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Cover of The Saturday Evening Post Magazine, June 13, 1925 

Edmund Davenport was a New Yorker and a successful illustrator in the 1920’s.  He painted covers for Women’s Home Companion and The Saturday Evening Post, and at the same time, he worked in the art department of Paramount Studios. 

At the time of this publication, a young woman’s graduation from college was a rare accomplishment, and the opportunities for employment that required a college diploma, were even rarer.  Nevertheless, it was a good reason for this pretty, young woman to be sitting on top of the world in the vicinity of “cloud nine.”  “Top of the World” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on June 13, 1925.

Exhibited: Christie's New York, Illustrating America: Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries, November 30, 2013- January, 2014

A luminous and rare Golden Age of Illustration cover oil painting for The Saturday Evening Post, entitled "Graduate On Top Of the World" by Edmund Davenport. This appeared as the cover the June 13, 1925 issue and is a fresh to the market work that finds the artist (who contributed three Post covers in 1925) painting in a Norman Rockwell like illustrative style. The unusual subject, that of a confident, young, pretty, independent flapper on graduation day, and the scarcity of surviving Post covers from this era add to the already enormous appeal of this lovely and historic American illustration painting.


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