Howard Chandler Christy
HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952)Nymphs in Summer, 1946Oil on canvas60.5 x 72 in.Signed lower left...
Auction amount: $179,250
Sold: Oct 23, 2011
Howard Chandler Christy
Birth Place: Morgan county (Ohio, United States)
Howard Chandler Christy, born in 1873 in Ohio, showed a love for art at age three. Encouraged by his parents, he began with sketching and later turned to watercolors. In 1890, he left for New York to pursue his passion. He found a mentor in famous painter William Merritt Chase.
He admired illustrators Howard Pyle and Edwin Austin Abbey and became a magazine illustrator. His creations included likenesses of women who would become known as "Christy Girls," similar to the famous "Gibson Girls."
Married twice, his first daughter Natalie was born during his marriage to model Maybelle Thompson. His second marriage was in 1919 to Nancy Palmer. He retired from magazine illustrating in 1921. His partner until his death at age 80 was Elise Ford. They had a daughter named Holly, born in 1939.
He took up professional portraiture and painted portraits for the elite including President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Mr. and Mrs. Hearst and Herbert Hoover. Renowned paintings include "We The People" in 1937, "The Signing Of The Constitution" in 1940, and "The Signing Of The United Nations Charter" in 1946-1947. He had several works in progress when he passed away at his artist studio in 1952 at age 80. They were a portrait of Douglas Mac Arthur and a Gettysburg painting.
Among Christy's honors were an honorary membership in the U.S. Naval Academy, medals from Paris and Chicago Expos and decorations from the N.Y Police Force and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Christy's magazine illustrations are collector's items.
Howard Chandler Christy Original Art Values Sold at Auction
HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952) Nymphs in Summer, 1946 Oil on canvas 60.5 x 72 in. Signed lower left ...
Sunday, October 23, 2011
HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952) Amelia Earhart, Town and Country cover, February 1, 1933 Oil on canvas ...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952) Triptych of Three Nudes, Hunting, Fencing, and Tambourine, decorative foldi... (Total: 3 Items)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Howard Chandler Christy (American, 1872-1952) One on His Knees Ink wash on board 36 x 25.5 in. Signed lower center ...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Howard Chandler Christy (American, 1872-1952) The Gala, probable Ladies Home Journal cover, 1900 Gouache and watercolo...
Friday, November 3, 2017
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