Illustrations gain influence at auction

Teeming with colour and detail and often seen by millions, newspaper and magazine illustrations are fetching increasingly hefty prices at auction

14th February, 2021
Illustrations gain influence at auction
College Football by Joseph F Kernan, published as a Saturday Evening Post cover in 1932, sold for $75,000 recently

In the art-world pecking order, the ‘illustrator’ ranks far below the ‘artist’, yet some of the finest artists have spread their wings with their illustrations – Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry come to mind. Published in magazines, books and posters, they are seen by millions and can be hugely influential. Think of the effect Henry’s West of Ireland landscapes, used as travel posters, had on Irish tourism.

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