Walter Beach Humphrey (1892-1966) was an American artist and illustrator. Born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, he attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1914, and also studied at the Art Student's League. Humphrey did covers for leading magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, book illustrations, portraits and other art work, including posters for the American Red Cross.
In this circa 1940 poster, he so beautifully illustrates a patriotic scene, with such notables as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and Davy Crockett. A cloak wearing patriot reads a proclamation to the assembled adults and children, that reads, "We do hold ourselves straightly tied to all care of each others good and of the whole by everyone and so mutually"
This gorgeous lithographic poster, printed in the U.S.A. is linen backed, measures 15" x 22" and is in excellent condition. The previous owner obviously hung the poster with thumb tacks in all four corners of the margins.