(2 items – painting and book). Frederic Rodrigo Gruger (Pennsylvania, 1871-1953) ink, watercolor and gouache on paper grisaille painting of man and woman standing on the deck of a ship; signed lower right "F.R. Gruger". This painting was an original illustration for Stephen Whitman's "Children of Hope," published in The Century Magazine, November, 1915, page 16. Label en verso with caption for this illustration: "She felt sure this careless speech masked a sentimentalism intensely congenial to her own". Matted and framed under glass in a stained oak frame. Sight – 11" H x 7 1/2" W. Framed – 21 3/4" H x 17 3/4" W. Also included with this lot is the book "The Golden Age of American Illustration: F. R. Gruger and His Circle" by Bennard B. Perlman, published by North Light Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, 1978. This painting is featured on page 98. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. Biography: Frederic Gruger was one of America's most pre-eminent illustrators of The Golden Era of Illustration (1910-1920). He got his start with the Century magazine and went on to work for other publishers and advertisers including The Saturday Evening Post, with which he became most closely associated. He taught at the Art Students League and was posthumously elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1981. CONDITION: Excellent condition.
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