Cover for The Country Gentleman, February 23, 1918
Date: 1918
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 27 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (69.2 x 56.5 cm) frame: 31 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (80.6 x 67.9 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover for The Country Gentleman, February 23, 1918
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1983
Object Number: 1983-128
About: Although less famous than his older brother Joseph Christian, Francis Xavier Leyendecker had a prolific career, especially as a cover artist for general interest magazines such as The Country Gentleman. This soldier's letter is dated November 1917, just a month after American "doughboys" joined French fighting forces at the front. In spare but still clean surroundings, and in a uniform unmarked by combat, he conjures up his mother's presence as he begins to write to her.
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