Description

    J. ALLEN ST. JOHN (American, 1872-1957)
    Tarzan and His Mate, 1947
    Oil on canvas
    22.5 x 19 in.
    Signed lower left
    With the publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs' second Tarzan novel for McClurg, The Return of Tarzan, in 1915, J. Allen St. John's legendary association with this timeless hero set a new standard in heroic fantasy art and inspired all the Tarzan artists to come, including such noteworthy talents as Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel, and countless others. The vast majority of collectors consider St. John's rendition of the Lord of the Jungle to be definitive. Such magnificent oil paintings of Tarzan are virtually non-existent in the market, and the cachet of acquiring a first-rate St. John Tarzan painting cannot be overstated.

    This piece was created as a private commission for (and inscribed to) the then-President of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Club, Verne (Vernell) Coriell.

    This work was printed on page 101 of J. Allen St. John: An Illustrated Bibliography by Darrell Richardson, Mid-America Publishers, 1991, and it was also published as a limited edition print by Russ Cochran.

    From the Frank Collection.


    Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000.

    Condition Report*:

    This lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. Not examined outside of frame. Matted and framed to an overall size of 30.5" x 27".

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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