Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Carl Rose Literary Illustrations

Some literary illustrations by Carl Rose feature Oscar Wilde tweaking Uncle Sam during his tour of the United States, a pair of temperamentally-mismatched Mark Twain bookends, and a portrait of O. Henry looking out affectionately on his city. The present owner writes that these were obtained by a family member at "an auction for the benefit of the Democratic Party in Norwalk, Connecticut in the late 1960’s. Mr. Rose, a resident of Rowayton, CT, and apparent party supporter, donated them for the auction." The owner further states "there are about 20 pages of multiple drawings, and a number of what appear to be suggested layout pages as well." These schematic pages seem to indicate where and in which chapter particular illustrations should appear. Here's one example of each.

Carl Rose
Literary book illustrations

Illustration placement guidelines

This photo showing Carl Rose and others in Rowayton is from Philip Nel's blog Nine Kinds of Pie. Mr. Nel's text and caption follow:
Also, I saw this great photo, taken at a 1958 Rowayton Public Library event celebrating National Library Week.
Back row, top left, is Fred Schwed Jr. (author of Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?). Third from left is John Sharnick (journalist, TV producer). Third from right is Crockett Johnson, and far right is Jim Flora (creator of children’s books and album covers). Front row, left to right: Phyllis Rowand (artist, illustrated some of Ruth Krauss’s books), Carl Rose (cartoonist for New Yorker & others), Ruth Krauss. I’m not sure who the other people are, but one is probably Leonard Gross, whose God and Freud had just been published and was at the event. If you have any guesses as to who the others might be, please let me know.
Photo courtesy of the Rowayton Historical Society

Note:  It should go without saying—but I'll say it anyway—that anyone recognizing these as published illustrations should get in touch. It should also go without saying that possessors of original Carl Rose art and correspondence should send in examples for potential inclusion on the blog.

December 23, 2017 Update:  I now believe these are illustrations for Bennett Cerf's Shake Well Before Using (1948).

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