Saturday, April 7, 2018

E. Simms Campbell: Stage Direction

This just won't do. An original cartoon by E. Simms Campbell is coming up for auction next week lacking its caption. It could very well be a  black and white Esquire cartoon, but there are other possible publications as well. It seems we're at a dress rehearsal for a musical comedy. A leggy actress carrying a food platter is being directed to...?

E. Simms Campbell
Original art


E. Simms Campbell
Framed original art


E. Simms Campbell's signature

E. Simms Campbell
Champagne Auctions
Canadian, Inuit and International Fine Art
April 11, 2018

Lot 66

Champagne Auctions Item Description

April 12, 2108 Update: Unsold.

Note:  Recognize this cartoon? If you know the original caption or the magazine in which this was published, give a holler. Or a stage direction. 

E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971) remains the subject of a mini-retrospective here at Attempted Bloggery. This leading African-American artist was quite prolific, so we'll have to continue just a bit longer. Readers with access to original drawings by this artist are asked to submit high-resolution scans or photographs to the blog for our scholarly consideration and so we can take a look at the women.


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