The Program Committee is pleased to announce that Jim Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait and proprietor of www.antiqueillustrationart.com, will make a Zoom presentation on September 30. His subject will be Illustration Art during the Roaring 20s.
Jim has been a lay member of the SCNY since 2017 when he presented two programs about Illustration Art during World War One. He pointed out then that several of our Salmagundi Members were prominent in the war effort. Charles Dana Gibson and DeSales Casey managed the Committee on Public Information’s Division of Pictorial Publicity for which they organized hundreds of the nation’s best illustrators to create war and humanitarian posters. Among these were Howard Chandler Christy, J. C. Leyendecker, Edward Penfield, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth. Of the eight artist-soldiers who went to France with the American Expeditionary Force, seven were club members, being William Aylward (SC 1915), Harvey T Dunn (SC 1915), George M Harding (SC 1912), Ernest C Pexietto (SC 1898), J Andre Smith (SC 1911), Harry Townsend (SC 1908) and non club member Wallace Morgan.
In his earlier programs, Jim used posters, magazine illustrations, and field art to illustrate the overarching theme of the enterprise: by pulling together, we can accomplish anything—beginning with winning “the war to end all wars.” His upcoming program on September 30 will be a sequel.
When the war ended, businessmen used this theme to launch one of the greatest booms in the nation’s history. Jim will tell this story in terms of two of our most celebrated members. J. C. Leyendecker was America’s leading artist adman. Norman Rockwell was America’s leading storyteller. They were friends and for many years, neighbors in New Rochelle. Together they produced nearly 650 covers for The Saturday Evening Post.