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Dean Cornwell

Dean Cornwell

Paintings

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Louisville (Jefferson county, Kentucky, United States)

Biography:
Dean Cornwell, born in 1862, was an American artist who was best known as a muralist and for his famous illustrations in national magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Redbook and Cosmopolitan. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a child observed his civil engineer father do industrial drawings, which led to his interest in art.

Cornwell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and built his career as a cartoonist for the Lousiville Herald and the Chicago Tribune. Cornwell illustrated the works of some of the most famous names in the literary world, including Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, Pearl S. Buck, and Somerset Maugham. He also created murals for the 1939 World's Fair, Bethlehem Steel and the General Motors Building in New York City.

Cornwell's spectacular murals grace buildings throughout the country. Some of the most well known are at 10 Rockefeller Center, the Los Angeles Public Library which illustrates the history of California, and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands. The Los Angeles Public Library and Redlands projects took five years to complete. Cornwell had contacts with major companies including Palmolive, Coca Cola, Squibb, Seagram's Gin, and New York Life.

Some of Cornwell's most famous murals and ads include the Natchez/Lee Paddlwheel Race, Ivory Soap, Woodbury Soap, The Pennsylvania Railroad, and the"Spirit of 1943." Illustrations, murals, and ads created by Cornwell helped to promote the war effort during the 1940s.

During his career, Cornwell was elected to the National Academy of Design and was president of the Society of Illustrators. Dean Cornwell died in 1960.

 

Dean Cornwell Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) Captain Blood Inspecting the Treasure Chest Jewels, Cosmopolitan illustration, July...
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) Captain Blood Inspecting the Treasure Chest Jewels, Cosmopolitan illustration, July...
Lot 87104
Auction 7010
Thursday, July 16, 2009
$53,775.00
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) Spanish Tavern, 1922 Oil on canvas 28 x 45 in. Signed lower left
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) Spanish Tavern, 1922 Oil on canvas 28 x 45 in. Signed lower left ...
Lot 87106
Auction 7010
Thursday, July 16, 2009
$53,775.00
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) The Artist and His Model, 1921 Oil on canvas 34 x 36 in. Signed center left
DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960) The Artist and His Model, 1921 Oil on canvas 34 x 36 in. Signed center left ...
Lot 78061
Auction 5145
Saturday, October 26, 2013
$53,125.00
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960) The Artist's Studio Oil on canvas 30 x 24.25 in. Signed on the reverse
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960) The Artist's Studio Oil on canvas 30 x 24.25 in. Signed on the reverse ...
Lot 71039
Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
$14,375.00
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960) The Pirate, probable Captain Blood Returns study Pencil and pastel on board 25 x
Dean Cornwell (American, 1892-1960) The Pirate, probable Captain Blood Returns study Pencil and pastel on board 25 x ...
Lot 71040
Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
$4,000.00

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