Description: TWO illustrations for “Simonetta”.
Comment: I don't think that I know a single illustration collector who doubts Raleigh's greatness. And as such I don't feel compelled to tell you what's significant and important about him. What's unusual about these particular subjects is the story behind them... the historical context if you will. These are both straight out of the estate of George Lorimer (1867-1937), the editor for The Post. It was during Lorimer's tenure that the readership of the magazine ballooned from several thousand to a subscription base of well over a million. No doubt part of the reason for the increase was due to the quality of the writing within the magazine's pages. Lorimer, being in a position of power there could have anything... well certainly anything published in the pages of the publication... hanging on his office wall. He chose these (likely among others). That's an acknowledgment of the greatness of Raleigh. Now... here's the thing. I am of the opinion that when things spend nearly a century together, it's hurtful to break them apart. But, I did sell subjects #1 and #2 recently and so we’re down to these two. Now that I know that the original group of four will likely never be put back together, I am discounting the price of the remaining two.
Provenance: Estate of George Lorimer, editor of The Saturday Evening Post.
*Price: $1,200 the pair.
Special: Buy separate. #3: $600. #4: $800.