|Artist(s):||Phil May, All|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Added to Site:||1/9/2018|
Phil May (1865-1903) was one of the greatest British cartoonists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, noted for the economy of line in his work, as well as its content. May was an early recorder of the poorer class, frequently men, women and street urchins, or “Gutter Snipes” (for the latter), as his seminal book was titled. While May died at a young age, the impact of his work was felt for years to come, as artists such as Billy DeBeck incorporated May’s use of flat pen tone in their work. DeBeck also had a young Fred Lasswell study and copy May’s work, in preparation for his own drawing on Barney Google. Phil May worked for many publications, including Australia's the Bulletin as well as England's the Graphic and of course, Punch. I’m quite pleased to offer a very sweet drawing by May, based on a theme – “A Sharp Contrast” – that he would often revisit. Pictured is a poor woman who approaches an obviously well-to-do couple who are either leaving or entering a theater where “A Life of Pleasure” is playing. The irony in the cartoon would be lost on no one. The drawing shows May at his spare finest, using the white of the central woman’s attire to offset the dark tones of the figures to the left and right. The piece has both that economy of line and liveliness that May strived for. The drawing appears to be circa the 1890s. The art measures nearly 10”x6¾”. You can see the toning from a previous matting and framing, but a new mat would easily take care of that. There appears to be some sort of abrasion on the surface of the board just to the left of the man’s leg. It’s fairly minor, but is present. A lovely drawing by one of the true masters. $250.00 + 7.50 shipping.
FS - $250.00 + Shipping
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