DescriptionMEAD SCHAEFFER (American 1898 - 1980)
Christmas, 1776, the American Magazine illustration, January 1940
Oil on canvas
28 x 38 in.
Initialed lower left
This illustration was featured in Beverly Smith's story, Christmas, 1776, in the January 1940 issue of The American Magazine
This was an important day in history because there was hope, after a long battle, for the successful completion of the war by George Washington, and so the Red and Blue Coats together, celebrating. The women models in this painting were said to be Mead's wife, Elizabeth, standing, and Mary Rockwell, Norman Rockwell's wife, seated.
This painting was given to our consignor in the late sixties-early seventies by her husband's Aunt, whose husband taught at Castleton College. The Aunt served as a dormitory mother while Mead Schaeffer's daughter was a student staying in the dormitory. When Schaeffer's daughter graduated, she gave the painting to the Aunt, and she enjoyed it until retirement and a subsequent move to Connecticut, where they had no room to hang the painting. Our consignor had always admired this piece and so it was given to her.
This piece has been framed to an overall size of 32 x 41.5 in., and other than some very minor paint cracking in the upper middle area, the art is in Excellent condition.
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