Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Let's remember of ARTHUR WILLIAM BROWN 1881 - 1966

"Brownie," as his artist friends called him, epitomizes the rule of "90% of life is just showing up." A Canadian school drop out, he worked on a steamer, sketching in his spare time (he sold these to newspapers). Saving his earnings, he enrolled at the Art Student’s League and studied under Walter Appleton Clark, F W DuMond, and FR Gruger. When a friend got a job from the Saturday Evening Post to cover a circus, Brownie went along. The Post liked the article AND Brown's circus drawings. They bought them, a relationship between publisher and artist that lasted 40-years. Brown's pencils appeared in most Post issues from the teens on. He concentrated on story art (no covers) for Collier's, College Humor, Redbook, Cosmopolitan. He also contributed posters for the WWI effort and book art for books (The Magnificent Ambersons, Alice Adams, The Fortune Hunter, The Upper Crust, Messer Marco Polo, The Midlanders, The Lady Evelyn). The vast majority of Brown's work was in pencil, though ink and color wash began appearing in his kit from the early 30s.

Saturday Evening Post (1934?) Brown, A W - 001A

Gentleman & Lady in Fur Coat Chat

Auction House Records. Untitled

Man and two women

Saturday Evening Post, Mr. Noodle (1930) Brown, A W - 002A
College Humor, "Men - Not Mice" (1930) Brown, A W - 003
YMCA, "For Your Boy" (1918) Brown, A W - 004
Success, "The Home-Coming" (1907) Brown, A W - 005
21 Club (1947) Brown, A W - 006
Redbook, "Men - Not Mice" (1934) Brown, A W - 007
Springmaid (1946) Brown, A W - 008
Sherwin-Williams, "Brighten Up" (1909) Brown, A W - 009
Saturday Evening Post, "Roxana" (1935) Brown, A W - 010
Ladies' Home Journal, "24 Hours A Day" (1936) Brown, A W - 011
Success, "Thompson And His Hippodrome" (1906) Brown, A W - 012
Liberty, "A Most Unsual Season" (1944) Brown, A W - 013
Saturday Evening Post (1935) Brown, A W - 014
Redbook, "Lover's Quarrel" (1940) Brown, A W - 015
Success, "The Editors Chat" (1907) Brown, A W - 016
Spring Mills, "Bundling Without Bungling" (1949) Brown, A W - 017
College Humor (1926) Brown, A W - 018
Saturday Evening Post, "Snow Stuff" (1930) Brown, A W - 019
Saturday Evening Post, "The Precarious Attitudes" (1930) Brown, A W - 020
Ladies' Home Journal, Photo (1936) Brown, A W - 021