Sunday, March 13, 2011

1000 Words

1000 Words

The following ad for Fatima Cigarettes appeared on the back cover of a Minneapolis Tribune Sunday Magazine for 1914. It features the work of W. Smithson Broadhead (1880-1960), a fine British sporting illustrator of the day more noted for his horse racing paintings than his angling ones. It's a nifty piece nearly a century old, however, and is an excellent reminder of the days when great illustrators and painters could make a living wage painting sporting covers and adverts.

-- Dr. Todd

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Todd, that ad is a great find. You mention the fact that sporting artists could make a living in the early 20th century. Frank W. Benson, father of 20th c etchings and artist for the 2nd Federal duck stamp, actually became rich doing prints limited to 150 of hunting & fishing. I think a few of his followers, Richard Bishop and Boston sporting artist Aiden L. Ripley did quite well. Bishop unfortunately flooded the market with unlimited prints....

David Bershtein