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    DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960)
    Police Holding Cuban Gangsters at Waterfront, The Saturday Evening Post story illustration, May 17, 1947
    Oil on canvas
    21-5/8 x 50-5/8 inches (54.9 x 128.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: Dean Cornwell

    Illustration House, Inc., New York, March 21, 2005, lot 37.

    Dean Cornwell's monumental and intricate Police Holding Cuban Gangsters at Waterfront, accompanying the 1947 Saturday Evening Post story "Night Boat from Havana" by Burnham Carter, is one of the finest from the period to come to market. As a story illustration, the painting exhibits Cornwell's hallmark expressive characters, from the shifty, Clark Gable-inspired thug hiding against a dock post in the foreground, to the wildly gesticulating pack of gangsters surprised by a policeman in the background. In fact, Cornwell used as models for these captured smugglers his artist friends: Frank Reilly, Arthur William Brown, Gilbert Bundy, Harry Beckhoff, and John Gannam. The stylistic elements of Police Holding Cuban Gangsters at Waterfront also point to Cornwell's training as a muralist: deep, saturated colors; flattened, tapestry-like patterning created from the intersecting rope lines; and a panoramic format, where the narrative unfolds in multiple planes. One of America's most notable muralists, Cornwell painted over twenty murals for public institutions and served as president of the National Mural Painters Society in 1954.

    More information about DEAN CORNWELL, also known as Cornwell, Dean, Dean Cornwell.

    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas. Framed Dimensions 36.25 X 65.25 Inches
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    May, 2015
    2nd Saturday
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