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Cornwell, Dean

Price: $ 36,250.00

Description: Aftermath of a barroom fight

Comment: Those of you who follow auction results will know that Cornwell’s prices recently went sailing past his old records with a piece selling in September of this year for a jaw-dropping $245,700. That’s one of the intriguing things about auctions, it just takes two people to run up the price of something... as opposed to a direct purchase such as this where you just need to be first. Yes, the auction was a very special picture and yet I don’t believe that it was in his wheelhouse the way that this one is. This combines such good story-telling and emotion while at the same time allowing us to see DC’s painterly and compositional chops. Purchase includes a full copy of the magazine, which in and of itself is not such an easy thing to find.


Artist Dean Cornwell (1892-1960)
Caption “There stood Jerry Townsend, revolver in hand. And on the ground lay Ezra Jones-- dead because he had spoken the truth”
Condition Very good and contained in a handsome frame
Medium Oil on canvas
Publication Information Story illustration for “Panama Passage” by Achmed Abdullah appearing in Hearst’s International combined with Cosmopolitan, June 1935.
Signature initialed and dated ‘34 lower left
Size 34 x 48” (stretched canvas), including frame 40 x 54.25”
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