Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Vintage Photo of Barbara Shermund

Amanda Gormley shares a "recently unearthed" photograph of her aunt, the pioneering cartoonist Barbara Shermund (1899-1978). As you can see, she was quite a looker. 

Barbara Shermund
Vintage photo by Lucy Sander Sceery courtesy of Amanda Gormley

Ms. Gormley responds:
Yes, she was quite beautiful and talented. I do wish to have known her…The photo is attributed to Lucy Sander Sceery, an artist in CT who is also the niece of Barbara’s former husband, NY abstract artist, Ludwig Sander. 
I posted it to my Instagram page…and Caitlin [McGurk] posted the photo in an update to the GoFundMe page.  
We are still trying to date the photo but I would guess it’s in the 1930s or early 1940s. I’m guesstimating only based on how old she appears to me, a highly subjective guess. 
The photo was taken outside the home of Ludwig Sander’s family on Staten Island. Barbara lived in the home while Ludwig Sander served in the US Army during WWII.

More to research…

Note:  More indeed. My thanks to Amanda Gormley for her assistance with this post, by which I mean for doing everything. I'm sure she would like to hear from anyone with photographs, correspondence, documents, artwork, or personal reminiscences relating to Barbara Shermund. There is a lot more to be learned about this important cartoonist.

"Tell Me a Story Where the Bad Girl Wins: The Life and Art of Barbara Shermund" is currently on view at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St., Columbus OH 43210. Through March 31, 2019.

Posts on Instagram with the hashtag
#barbarashermund may be seen here.

Ludwig Sander's page on Modernist West may be seen here.

The website of Lucy Sander Sceery may be seen here.

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