Cover for Success, April 1926 / Girl in Halloween costume with dog
Dimensions: 20 1/4 × 16 1/4 in. (51.4 × 41.3 cm)
frame: 22 3/4 × 18 3/4 × 1 3/4 in. (57.8 × 47.6 × 4.4 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover for Success, April 1926
Credit Line: Gift of Henrietta Wireman Shuttleworth, 2017
About: According to the artist's daughter Henrietta, who modeled for the work while wearing her own costume, Katharine Richardson Wireman created this painting in April, 1925, intending it as a Halloween cover. The cover was not published. However, the next year, the design worked just as well for an April Fool's Day cover on Success, as the little girl - having fooled her dog - delights in revealing her identity.
Many years later Henrietta recalled that "I remember being afraid of the neighbor's dog...so my mother had to sketch him separately." Such practicalities governed the life of an illustrator. The dog's availability may be accounted for by the rising popularity of the Boston Terrier in the mid-1920s. By 1929, it was the nation's most-owned dog, a position it held until 1934. Such familiar images were beloved by readers, who - as art editors knew - responded to scenes reminiscent of their own lives.
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