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Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

JOSEPH CHRISTIAN LEYENDECKER (GERMANY, 1874–1951)

Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Germany in 1874. Leyendecker immigrated to the United States with his family in 1882. His eldest brother, Adolph, became a prominent stained glass artist, and Joe, as he was called, had an early artistic calling. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute under John H. Vanderpoel, Leyendecker enrolled at the Académie Julien in 1896, where he studied for a year with his younger brother Frank in the Beaux-Arts tradition. During his time here, he was exposed to and influenced by the works of Art Nouveau painters and printmakers Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret and Alphonse Mucha, with whom he formed a strong friendship. The next year, he staged his first one-man exhibition at the Salon du Champs de Mars and made the auspicious acquaintance of Paul Gauguin. In 1898, Leyendecker produced the first of 48 covers for Collier’s magazine. The next year, he painted his first cover for Saturday Evening Post magazine, which was the beginning of a 44-year association with that esteemed publication. Throughout his career, he would also paint covers for Life magazine, illustrations for a library of books, and transform advertising for such companies as B. Kuppenheimer & Co. and Interwoven Socks. His work for Arrow Shirt is the most well-known and beloved. Using his lover and manager, Charles Beach, as a model, Leyendecker created the ultimate image of modern American masculinity. His work for Kuppenheimer, also known as the House of Kuppenheimer, is just as iconic. Founded in 1876, the company became the manufacturer of uniforms for the United States Army during World War I. Thanks to Leyendecker's advertising, the firm became synonymous with the ultimate in male taste and desirability. Unfortunately, near the end of his career, as Leyendecker’s associations with Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post came to an end, his work fell into obscurity. When he died in 1951, his great friend Norman Rockwell, who commemorated their relationship in his painting Waiting For the Art Editor, served as one of his pallbearers.

(Biography provided by M.S. Rau)
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Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil with Pencil on Canvas Signature: Signed Monogram Lower Right Study for Saturday Evening Post cover, Sep 3, 1932. Monogram signature "JCLeyendecker" l.r., identified in ...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Canvas

Toy Peddler Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Collier's Christmas Number, Unpublished Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Watercolor and Metallic Paint on Paper Signature: Signed Lower Right
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1890s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Paint, Paper, Watercolor

Study for Irish Liberty
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned The present work is a study for the cover of the March 18, 1922 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Reluctant Golfer
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in New Orleans, LA
Signed "JCLeyendecker" (lower right) Oil on canvas A robust golfer feels the strain of his next shot in this oil on canvas by the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. Painte...
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20th Century American Modern Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Aviator and Woman in a White Hat by J.C. Leyendecker
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in New Orleans, LA
These rare portraits were painted by the American master of illustration, J. C. Leyendecker, as studies for Kuppenheimer advertisements. Bold and energetic, they perfectly encapsulat...
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Late 19th Century Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Saturday Evening Post, Thanksgiving edition (Nov. 29, 1924)
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Study for the Saturday Evening Post cover - Thanksgiving edition (Nov. 29, 1924). This is a pure period piece.
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Three Wise Men Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Three Wise Men Study
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil

Young Admiral, Kuppenheimer Book Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed mid-left with Full Signature Thanhardt-Burger gilt frame. Painting is fully conserved. Client / Usage: Kuppenheimer Clothiers, Chicago, Illin...
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

New Year's Baby Hitching to War
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left The Saturday Evening Post unpublished cover, 1943 The story behind the New Year's Baby Hitching to War is a fascinating one: The...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Challenge to Liberty
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Featured in The Saturday Evening Post, September 8, 1934. 'The Challenge to Liberty' by Herbert Hoover Story illustration Indepe...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Policeman and School Children, SEP Cover, Oct. 3, 1931
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover Illustration: Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1931
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Fourth of July (George Washington), SEP Cover Study, 1917
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Laid on Board Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 11.50" x 14.50;" Framed 18.00" x 21.00" Fourth of July (George Washington), The Saturday Evening Post preliminary ...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Board, Canvas, Oil

George Washington, Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Saturday Evening Post Cover, February 25, 1939
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Man in Tie
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Drawing Signature: Signed Lower Right Contact for dimensions.
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Pencil

Boy Holding Pumpkin Carving of Teddy Roosevelt
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Sight Size 24.00 x 20.00", Framed 31.00" x 27.00" Saturday Evening Post Cover, October 26, 1912
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Reluctant Golfer Study, Collier's Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Unsigned Study for Collier's Magazine Cover, September 23, 1916.
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Board

Man Dressing in Mirror
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Featured in The Saturday Evening Post
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Man in Tie
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Unknown Signature: Signed Lower Right Man in Tie, study by Joseph Christian Leyendecker. Contact for exact dimensions of this piece.
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Charcoal

Easter, Saturday Evening Post Cover April 19, 1930
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Saturday Evening Post Cover, April 19, 1930
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Automobile Number, Collier's Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1917 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 29.80" x 21.10" Signature: Signed Lower Left Collier's Magazine Cover, January 5, 1918 Exhibitions: It's a Man's World, Illustrati...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Canvas

Queen of the May, Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1937 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 31.00" x 24.00", Framed 38.00" x 32.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, May 15, 1937 The title “Queen...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Cream of Wheat Ad Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Dimensions: 25.25" x 27.50"
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Early 20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Board, Oil

Croix de Guerre, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1918
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 28.00" x 21.00;" Framed 36.00" x 29.00" Signature: Signed Lower Right Saturday Evening Post Cover, June 29, 1918 Exhibitions: It's a Man's World,...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Stoking the Furnace, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1938
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, October 15, 1938, cover illustration. J. Cohn, Covers of The Saturday Evening Post, New Yo...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

This is my Busy Day! (Valentine's Day Cherub)
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, February 16 1918 Literature: illustrated in color on the coverJan Cohn, Covers of 'The Satur...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Politician, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1916
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, November 4, 1916 Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, November 4, 1916, illustrated on the ...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

A Real Happy New Year, Amoco Advertisement
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Monogram Lower Left Sight Size 20.00" x 45.00", Framed 26.00" x 51.00" This piece was used for at least two separate Amoco advertisements. "A...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Voice in the Rice
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left In the 1890s and early 1900s, as J.C. Leyendecker was developing his pictorial work for advertisements, magazine covers, and poste...
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Yard Work, Saturday Evening Post Cover, Nov. 6, 1937
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Signed Lower Right Cover Illustration: Saturday Evening Post, November 6, 1937
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

"The Postman Always Drinks Twice", Preliminary Study for Life Magazine
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Preliminary study for Life magazine, Circa 1941. Features a study of the work titled; "The Postman Always Drinks Twice." Life Magazine page...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Yard Work, Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas laid on Board Signature: Unsigned Saturday Evening Post cover study, November 6, 1937
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil, Board

Matador
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Unsigned
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil

Polo Players on Horseback, Kuppenheimer Advertisement
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Styles for Men: The House of Kuppenheimer, Spring and Summer 1914, cover illustration. This piece was published as the cover illu...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Butterfly Couple
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Kuppenheimer Clothing Advertisement Exhibitions: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Old Corner House Museum, The Illustrator's Moment, July-October 1978New York, Grand Cental Art Gallerie...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Peeling Apples, Thanksgiving Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1925
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Middle Right Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, November 28, 1925 Literature: The Saturday Evening Post, November 28, 1925, cover illustra...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Post Cover, Doctor Looking into Childs Mouth
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Study for the November 22, 1930 cover illustration of The Saturday Evening Post.
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Canvas

Mortman
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right
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20th Century Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Lucky Bag Girl
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Hand Painted Fine Print Signature: Signed Lower Left
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Paint

Thanksgiving, The Saturday Evening Post cover, November 12, 1910
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Laid on Panel Signature: Signed Lower Right The Saturday Evening Post cover, November 12, 1910
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil, Panel

The Candidate, Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1917
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Signed Lower Left Medium: Oil on Canvas Saturday Evening Post Cover, September 18, 1920 - Leyendecker addressed the theme of American patriotism in several ways. His fa...
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sick Man, Saturday Evening Post Cover Study, 1917
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas March 10, 1917 Preliminary Study for The Saturday Evening Post Cover
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Living Mannequin, The Saturday Evening Post cover, March 5, 1932
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed lower right: JC Leyendecker Living Mannequin sold at the U.S. War Bond at the United States Treasury-Saturday Evening Post War Bond Show. Thi...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

'Goin' South' Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned 'Goin' South' Saturday Evening Post Cover Study
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Kuppenheimer Study
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Kuppenheimer advertisement used on the inside cover of the July 12, 1924 Saturday Evening Post
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Who, Me Work?' Saturday Evening Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Board Signature: Signed Center Left Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover 'Who, Me Work?' January 23, 1926
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1920s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Board

Study for 'Trimming the Pie'
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Signature: Unsigned Medium: Oil and Charcoal on Canvas This piece is a preparatory study for J.C. Leyendecker’s final painting, Trimming the Pie (1935, Private Collection), which wa...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Charcoal, Oil

The Story Teller, The Saturday Evening Post Cover Study, December 1, 1934
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Study for the Saturday Evening Post Cover, December 1, 1934
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, Easter Edition
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Mounted to Archival Board Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 17.625” x 14.375;" Framed 23.063” x 20.125" Custom Gilt Framing: Thanhardt Burger (formerly Newcomb Mac...
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1910s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil, Board

General Douglas MacArthur
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right In the Timken War Bond campaign, JC Leyendecker completed more than a dozen paintings that were reproduced in all of the national...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

General Vandegrift
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Left Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany, and came to America at the age of eight. Showing an early interest...
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1940s Other Art Style Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Flowers for the President'
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 23.50" x 27.25", Framed 29.50" x 33.00" The present work is a study for Flowers for the President commissioned by the Lincoln Na...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Christmas Peek' Post Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil and Pencil on Canvas Laid Down on Board Study for the December 23rd, 1939 issue The Saturday Evening Post.
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Oil, Board, Pencil, Canvas

To the Vanquished, Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 10, 1934
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1934 Medium: Oil on Canvas Dimensions: 32.00" x 24.00" Signature: Signed Lower Left: JCLeyendecker
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

Study for 'Happy Landing' Amoco Ad
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil and Pencil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned During his over four decades as the preeminent illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post, Joseph Christian Leyendecker's clever ...
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1940s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil, Pencil

Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 10, 1934
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Unsigned Sight Size 22.70" x 19.70", Framed 29.00" x 22.00" Study for Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 10, 1934 Leyendecker, Joseph Christian:One...
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1930s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Soldiers' Charge, Carter's Monthly Magazine Cover
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Date: 1898 Medium: Ink and Gouache on Paper Affixed to Board Dimensions: 16.50" x 12.00" Signature: Signed Lower Left Carter's Monthly, March 1898, cover illustration. Decades lat...
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1890s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Paper, Ink, Gouache, Board

Harlequin Grinning and Brandishing his Batte
By Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Gouache and Pencil on Board Signature: Signed Lower Left Carter's Monthly, February 1898, cover illustration. Newly Framed.
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1890s Joseph Christian Leyendecker Art

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Gouache, Board, Pencil

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