December 18th, 2017

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Lombard-Crandell, part 2

Yesterday, we noted the existence of this pastel of Carole Lombard by acclaimed illustrator Bradshaw Crandell, which was used for the cover of the November 1935 issue of William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan magazine ( As it turns out, that wasn't the only time Lombard and Crandell collaborated.

The subject of this 1930s pastel on thick paper, entitled "Bathing Beauty," isn't identified, but from the face, it's clearly Carole...and it's gorgeous. Alas, that's all I know about it -- no specific date of creation, what it was intended for (a magazine cover? Advertising?), nothing. Perhaps down the road, we'll find out more.

As was the case in yesterday's entry, this is from It's slightly larger than its sibling (30" x 22", compared to 25.5" x 22"), and it's cheaper too...well, relatively speaking. Whereas the Cosmopolitan illustration was being offered for $18,150, this one's a mere $10,450 -- and if you use the "SAVE15" code, you can get this treasure for under $9,000. Here's what it looks like framed:

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