Original Illustrations for the Book Superliner S.S. United States Written and Illustrated By Henry Billings
(Henry Billings)

New York: 1953. A group of 5 artworks which are the original black and white pen and ink illustrations for the Viking Press book, "Superliner S.S. United States"; on 3 boards; each item separately mounted; on back of all three boards are the printed Viking Press paper markers, each with the typed identifications for the art; the largest and perhaps the most dramatic is the artwork for the title page, showing the liner boldly underway, 13" x 16" overall, with added mount board edging and matte cover with clear plastic 'window' protector; other four pieces smaller, average size 7" x 8", mounted two to a board and also with 'window' mattes: illustrations for pages half-title, 55, 60, 61; two of these are of the S.S. United States, fore and stern depictions; the other two are of historic vessels, one very action-packed of a sidewheel & masted steamer 'going down' amidst storm waves; great illustrative art by Henry Billings (1901-1985), American painter, illustrator, muralist and educator, a Bronxville NY native whose murals and artworks can be found in post offices and public buildings around America, taught at Bard College for nearly 20 years and was a member of the Woodstock Artists Assoc. among others. (WWW in American Art, 1999); some wear and soiling, tears to the mount cardstock; one label chipped at corners, still identifiable; artworks very good and giving a glimpse into the artistic process of creating Billings' work on this historic American cruise ship, breaker and holder of Atlantic speed crossing records and currently still afloat - at dock in Philadelphia. Very Good (Item ID: 20671)

$750.00

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