Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, December 13, 1930
Medium: Oil on illustration board
Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (69.9 x 54 cm)
frame: 33 × 27 1/4 in. (83.8 × 69.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, December 12, 1930.
Credit Line: Louisa du Pont Copeland Memorial Fund, 1938
About: During her studies with Howard Pyle, Ellen Bernard Thompson met his brother Walter. The couple later married and lived in Wilmington. In the 1920s and '30s, she sometimes used Wilmingtonians as models in her cover designs for The Saturday Evening Post. The grandmotherly figure here was the artist's former neighbor Kate McCarthy of West 18th Street. The model for the boy was Gerald Brinton, also a Wilmington resident.
As is typical for many Saturday Evening Post covers, this anecdotal scene allows viewers to weave their own narrative about family characters and winter weather. Editors knew that familiarity was key in attracting magazine buyers, and domestic situations were predictably popular.
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