"Yes," she said, "we're here." And suddenly she smiled. "I think it's awfully crowded here, don't you?"
Medium: Graphite on illustration board
Dimensions: sheet: 14 1/2 × 19 7/8 in. (36.8 × 50.5 cm)
mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Illustration Citation: "The Blame of Youth," by John P. Marquand, in The Saturday Evening Post, May 29, 1926
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Radebaugh, 1976
About: Just as author J. P. Marquand was known for his fiction about the American elite, Brown often depicted the upper classes enjoying their leisure. Here, the main character at left begins to tire of the superficiality of his life.
Brown's initial art training was at the Hamilton Art School in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also was a newspaper artist for the Spectator. At the Art Students League, he studied with, among others, the illustrator Frederic Gruger, with whom he subsequently shared a studio. Gruger's influence les Brown to specialize in black and white media, which he complemented with watercolor and gouache once publishers began to use color more in the 1920s.
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