"The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cover for The American Weekly"   Lot no. 974

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By Willy Pogany 1882-1955

1950 (Estimated)
22.50" x 18.00"
Mixed Media on Board
Signed Lower Left



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Original cover illustration for The American Weekly, published February 5, 1950. From Pogany’s “Beauties of Shakespeare” cover series for the magazine, this illustration depicts a scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor where Sir John Falstaff hides in a laundry basket.

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William Andrew (Willy) Pogany was a native of Hungary and his first studies in Budapest and Paris were in engineering. Success in caricaturing led him to pursue and art career, first in London and then in America. His influences were the Oriental artists and illuminated books, and much of his career was devoted to book illustration.

    Among his many successes were The Rubaiyat, The Kasidah, The Children’s Book of Northern Myths, The Witch’s Kitchen, The Frenzied Prince, Sonnets from the Portuguese, Fairy Flowers, Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales, Tales of the Persian Genii, A Treasury of Verse for Little Children, Stories to Tell the Littlest Ones, Hungarian Fairy Book, and Gulliver’s Travels. He also painted murals, did etchings, designed stage settings, exhibited widely, and was a favorite in Hearst’s magazines.