March Love Romances
Date: c. 1928
Medium: Oil on illustration board
Dimensions: 20 x 17 1/2 in. (50.8 x 44.5 cm) frame: 21 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (55.2 x 47.6 cm)
Illustration Citation: Love Romances Magazine, March, year of publication not identified
Credit Line: Gayle and Alene Hoskins Endowment Fund, 1981
Object Number: 1981-12
About: With its logo "gripping clean love stories," Love Romances was one of several pulp magazines that prospered during the Depression, when many general interest magazines failed. This scene features party-goers at a masquerade ball where, it seems, the glamorous women may be romantic rivals. C. Clyde Squires developed his early talents as an apprentice engraver in his native Salt Like City, and then as a newspaper pen and ink artist. In New York, he studied with Howard Chandler Christy, whom he cited (along with Charles Dana Gibson) as his inspiration. By 1905, he had a Manhattan studio and was invited by Howard Pyle to join his group of young illustrators in Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle actively promoted his career, which resulted in commissions from Life, Everybody's Magazine, Woman's Home Companion and other major publications until his retirement from illustrating in 1938. He then worked in advertising and marketing for NBC and other companies.
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