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John Held, Jr. (American 1889-1958)

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John Held, Jr. (American 1889-1958)

John Held, Jr. (American 1889-1958)

The Church that George Washington Slept In

Woodcut on paper, signed in the plate. # 20 of 100

Sight Size: 10.75” x 12.75”
Frame Size: 17 ” x 19”

Held was a cartoonist, illustrator and comic strip artist. He began his career as a commercial artist in New York in 1912. After WWI he began to develop his characteristically stylized figures of Roaring Twenties flappers. More than other illustrator, Held’s pictures expressed the brash spirit of the twenties with his comic and idiosyncratic style so representative of the Flapper generation.Throughout the twenties Held was tremendously successful, appearing often in the magazines Judge, Life, Vanity Fair and Colliers. He also designed sets and costumes for Broadway plays including 1937’s “Hellzapoppin’”. He eventually turned to sculpture, specializing in equestrian figures, and became the artist in residence at Harvard in 1940 and at the University of Georgia in 1941. In 1986-89, a national tour of “John Held’s America - Flappers, the Jazz Age and Beyond” was arranged by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.

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