"Music Playing Cupids"   Lot no. 946

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By Albertine (Randall) Wheelan (1863 - 1954)

1908 (Estimated)
2.50" x 32.50"; Two at 12.50" x 9.75", Overall 12" x 53"
Gouache on Three Illustration Boards
Each Signed or Monogrammed



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Large group of cupids playing and reading music

Illustration in three parts, 1908, Framed all together


On verso or margin of each: “Copyright A. R. Beggs & Co NY ”

A great deal of Wheelan's work was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake, and again in a fire in her New York Studio in the 1930s. Wheelan was closely involved for years with set and costume design for the Belasco Theatre in New York.

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Born in San Francisco, CA on May 27, 1863.  Randall studied privately with Wm Keith and at the School of Design under Virgil Williams in the 1880s.  She married Fairfax Wheelan in 1887 andremained in her native city.  She was active in San Francisco's art scene until the earthquake of 1906.  During the 1920s she worked in both Los Angeles and NYC; by 1935 she appears to have settled in the latter where she was an illustrator for St. Nickolas and other magazines.  She created the newspaper cartoon "The Dumbunnies" as well as book plate designs, stained glass windows, andcostume sketches for impressario David Belasco.  Mrs. Wheelan died in Litchfield, CT on Jan. 9, 1954. 




Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940" (Via Askart.com)