Two (2) John Held, Jr. (American, 1889-1958) Cowboy related original cartoon illustrations, ink, graphite and red and black watercolor, titled "Branding Iron" and "Dude Ranch". Each with illegible inscriptions from Held upper left. Housed in later frames. Sight – 12 5/8" H x 10 5/8" W. Framed – 13 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W. Early 20th century. Biography: John Held, Jr.'s cartoons were said to epitomize the spirit of the 1920s "Jazz Age". He was best known for his cartoons of the flapper Betty Co-ed, and her friend, Joe College. He got a job as a cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune as a teenager, and eventually went to New York, where he designed commercial posters. His work appeared in magazines such as Judge, Life, and Collier's, as well as in The New Yorker. He also wrote a syndicated cartoon strip, Merely Margy, for the Hearst newspapers. Cowboys and Western themes were among his favorite subjects, along with flappers and Art Deco themed scenes. Provenance: Estate of Celia (Cece) Webb, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: One does not fit well in frame. Both with light toning, not examined out of frames. Some dampstaining to lower right corner of "Branding Iron".
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