Eye Candy for Today: James Montgomery Flagg ink illustration

She Sailed Majestically Past the Wretch, Followed Meekly by Septimus, James Montgomery Flagg
She Sailed Majestically Past the Wretch, Followed Meekly by Septimus, James Montgomery Flagg

Pen and ink, roughly 22×29 inches (56×74 cm); original is in the Norman Rockwell Museum, larger here; also slightly larger zoomable version on Google Art Project, and downloadable version of that image on Wikimedia Commons.

It looks as though the Google Art Project version has been brightened to give an approximation of the original before the paper yellowed with time, and the NRM version reflects more accurately the current state of the original drawing.

Flagg was a master of pen and ink at a time when it was a primary medium for popular illustration. I particularly admire the astonishingly casual and free nature of the lines in the woman’s hat and dress, and the remarkably gestural modeling of the men’s faces.

 
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3 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: James Montgomery Flagg ink illustration”

  1. No doubt, a master craftsman with pen and ink!

    Aside: About the Google Art Project; Have they changed their format? I ask because I no longer can view my gallery of over 400 collections, and don’t see any way to either, recover them, or start over with a new collection. Are they no longer doing collections?

    Thank you, Charley.

    Bill

  2. Google Art Project has changed. I don’t know the extent of the changes, but they are not for the better as far as I’m concerned. I can no longer find a way to select an artist or topic and then sort by medium. It’s terrible compared to what it was.

  3. The pieces of drawings are absolutely stunning! Do you happen to draw by any chance? Or do any kind of art? (drama, sketching, dancing, music etc.)

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