3 oil illustration paintings by Charles Hargens (American, 1893-1997). 1st item: Oil on Royal Crest Illustration board, illustration in black, ivory and gray of a Native American man on blanket waving to a small plane flying overhead. Signed with monogram lower right. Cover sheet labeled "The Red Arrow (Coblentz)". Narrow black wood frame. 19 3/4' x 13 3/4" sight, 20 3/4" x 14 3/4" framed. 2nd item: Oil on illustration board painting depicting a man helping another man into a snow covered cabin, while a young woman waits at the door. Signed with CH monogram lower left. Title, "The Best Xmas Gift", inscribed en verso. 20" x 14 1/2", 20 3/4" x 15 3/4" in narrow black wood frame. 3rd item: Oil on illustration board painting depicting a doctor and nurse holding hands at the base of a staircase. Signed with CH monogram lower left. Inscription/title and label verso for "Pioneers for all Classmates." 19" x 11 1/4" sight, 20" x 12" in narrow black wood frame. Biography (courtesy Askart, The Artist's Bluebook): A magazine illustrator of western stories and histories, Charles Hargens was also a guest instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Design. He was born in South Dakota and grew up in the West, which gave him first-hand data for his later western illustrations. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was a member of the Society of Illustrators and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He became an illustrator of magazines, history books, and western stories and worked for publishers including MacMillan and Doubleday. Provenance: collection of Hazel King, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Edge losses at upper and right edge from framing mounts poking through board. Some light grime. 2nd item: Edge losses at lower right corner from framing mounts poking through board. Some light grime. Pencil inscription to lower right corner for framing or use in publishing. 3rd item: Very good condition with light grime and a few scattered accretions.
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