1975 A Group of Original Pencil Drawings with Some Heightening in White By Lawrence Beall Smith (1909 - 1995)
(Americana - 20th Century - Original Art - Education - Lawrence Beall Smith)

New York, NY: Grumbacher, 1975. F Two large cardstock mount boards with original pencil art by American illustrative and fine artist Lawrence Beall Smith (1909 - 1995); the artwork reveals and edifies the process by which an artist realizes aspects of a finalized piece, via portraits and the portrayal of movement. One board with 5 drawings, the other with 9 individual creations; these drawings were part of the Grumbacher books art instructional series published in the 1970's; our research indicates that these were used in the "The Art of Oil Painting: Still Lifes, Flowers, Landscapes, Waterfronts, Portraits" book (1975). the series editor was Walter Brooks; this volume was authored by Victor Kalin & Albert J. Pucci with artwork contributions, as here, by L.B. Smith and others. Each board approx. 20" x 24" size, both are heavy Bainbridge Boards Number 80. Both boards with overlay sheets giving instructions for the printers and layout people, including some pasted-on text. There appear to be four distinct pages' worth of art, via the evidence. One board with additional cover sheet with the name L.B. Smith in ink; on the back of both boards is the label for Bette Mandel Agent for Creative Artists New York with the name of the artist L.B. Smith written in. We note that there is some ambiguity in the research available on the artist, with several online and print sources giving different dates for his birth and death - the Smithsonian's artist database gives 1909 -1995 as does the U.S. art institute. Who Was Who in American (1999) notes that L.B. Smith was a painter, illustrator, lithographer, commercial artist as well as being a teacher in the Boston public schools. Some edge, tips wear and darkening, corner creasing to the boards, one with closed 1" dent-tear at bottom margin; no loss to artworks. The art in very good condition and a good group of original 20th century art instructional history material; original art education history ephemera. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 25405)


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