He kept on staring, moving forward step by step with his hand out, as if he wanted to touch us.
Medium: Watercolor, ink, gouache, and graphite on illustration board
Dimensions: composition: 14 5/16 × 19 1/2 in. (36.4 × 49.5 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Saeta," by Eleanor Mercein, in The Saturday Evening Post, January 23, 1937
Credit Line: Gift of Melora Freeland, 1987
About: In this story, American tourists become embroiled in the Spanish Civil War. Here a member of a violent mob bursts into a house and is startled to find a young American woman and her baby. The scene reminds him of the Madonna and child, and he halts his attack. The crowd with him is also pacified at the sight, breaking into a saeta, a Spanish religious song.
Henry Patrick Raleigh studied art in San Francisco, where he began his career as an artist-reporter for city newspapers. His reputation established by 1900, he moved to New York. Raleigh later credited journalism's demand for immediate pictures for his skill and speed in illustration.
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