"Black Eye"   Lot no. 990

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By Russell Sambrook (American, 1891 - 1956)

1950's (Estimated)
12.00" x 9.00"
Oil on Panel
Signed Lower Right

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Illustrators like Russell Sambrook fill in the gap between the age dominated by J. C. Leyendecker and the renaissance of Americana seen through Norman Rockwell's eyes.  Like his contemporaries, Sambrook's approach to visual design and sense of stagey humor owe a great deal to his predecessors, while his ability to isolate the concerns and foibles of the American Everyman hint at the vision of his successors.

Sambrook's career was eclipsed by other Saturday Evening Post regulars like E. M. Jackson, Douglass Crockwell, Ellen Pyle, Andrew Loomis, and, of course, Norman Rockwell.  But from the 'twenties through the 'fifties, Sambrook's workmanship was called upon for the cover of the Post, The People's Home Journal, The American Boy, and others.

In the scenes he painted depicting mundane activities like choosing a greeting card, sewing, or baking a pie, he was able to isolate a strong emotion or an essential comic ingredient that elevated that captured moment.  Sambrook's standard was to depict us as we were; at his best, he could impart an appealing sense of community.



J. P., Illustration House, New York

J. P., Illustration House, New York (Via AskArt.com)