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    JOSEPH CHRISTIAN LEYENDECKER (American, 1874-1951)
    Going South, The Saturday Evening Post cover, October 19, 1935
    Oil on canvas
    29-1/4 x 24-1/4 inches (74.3 x 61.6 cm)
    Signed with monogram lower right: JCLeyendecker

    PROVENANCE:
    Judy Goffman Fine Art, New York;
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, October 29, 2004, lot 24125;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    LITERATURE:
    M. Schau, J.C. Leyendecker, New York, 1974, p. 155, no. 1212, illustrated.

    Going South illustrates an interior article from The Saturday Evening Post, October 19, 1935, Boyden Sparkes' "The New Deal for Transients," about rehabilitation camps for migrant workers. According to Sparkes, funding in 1935 from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration had allowed for the establishment of 600 "transient camps" throughout the country, offering free board, lodging, clothing, medical care, and transportation to the over 300,000 homeless unemployed seeking a "leg up." In exchange, the transients would work at the camp doing carpentry, road building, farming, and other manual labor. Many of the nicer camps were in the South, particularly in North Carolina and Virginia. For example, at Camp Weaver in Nagshead, North Carolina, "the menus are outstandingly superior to those of the average lumber camp. . . . [and meals] included lima beans, collards, fried fresh fish, corn bread, iced tea and a choice of fresh peaches or cantaloupe." One of the camps, Four Pines Farm, on Route No. 1 near Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was designed as an "interracial co-operation," and another, New Hope Farms near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, catered solely to black transients (B. Sparkes," The New Deal for Transients," The Saturday Evening Post, October 19, 1935, pp. 93-4). The African-American hitchhiker on this Post cover, like the mallard ducks flying past him, is indeed happily headed south along Route 1, eager to reach New Hope Farms or Four Pines Farm and the promise of a better future.

    This lot is accompanied by a copy of The Saturday Evening Post, October 19, 1935.




    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; under UV exam, white negative space appears to lightly fluoresce, with scattered flecks of minor crack-fill inpainting, and there appear to be three small dots on figure's right hand, left shoulder and next to his left leg.
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