Past Exhibitions

Frederic R. Gruger Exhibit and Sale


The fan base for Gruger’s work — now and in his day — is strongest among his peers. Fellow illustrators can see his breakneck draftsmanship and supreme control of values achieved only with the humble carbon pencil and the humble lampblack “wash”. They can perceive the tens of thousands of hours of reportage experience he amassed that allowed him to render anything, out of his head and on deadline. To hold the likeness of a repeating character reliably and consistently requires a powerful visual memory and a detective’s power of observation. The reading public only saw the magic trick of bringing the story to life, but classically trained artists know what’s behind the curtain.

Coca-Cola Advertising Art

Coca ColaOnce reproduced in print, original advertising artworks were useless commodities, and only became cherished collectibles by art directors or executives at advertising agencies who could appreciate the artistry. But even if they took it home, it was as unlikely to be displayed there as in a gallery or museum. As it was the property of the client, the artist rarely ever saw it again. Most advertising art was quietly thrown away. Generally, corporations had no interest in preserving the original advertising art, but the Coca-Cola Company was a notable exception. The corporate headquarters boasts a massive collection, and in recent years, their artwork has toured in exhibits.

Illustrated Gallery NYC Trunk Show and Sale

Man's WorldIt’s a Man’s World, Illustration Art by and for Men

The illustrated gallery of Philadelphia is packing up and transporting to New York City over 100 original paintings from the Golden Age of illustration circa 1890 – 1970 for its first Trunk Show and Sale. The collection is a retrospective on the American male persona of the times as defined and influenced by commercial interests, the medium of print, and the illustration artists.

Intimate Sketches of New York by Vernon Howe Bailey


 Intimate New YorkIn October 2008, Illustration House hosted Intimate Sketches of New York, an exhibit and sale of impressionist pen & ink cityscapes by Vernon Howe Bailey, drawn in the 1930s, and published in the New York Sun. Rediscover old New York: an addition being built on the Frick, the elevated trains, one of the last wood-framed buildings, a McKim, Mead & White masterpiece no longer standing, and other glimpses of the timeless bustle.

Long Island Beach Life 1946 As Observed by Hal Burrows


Long IslandAt the age of 17, Hal Burrows came to New York to study and room with sculptor and fellow-Utahan Mahonri Young. He was also greatly influenced by his teachers George Bellows and Robert Henri, but obtained freelance work as an illustrator and cartoonist for Life and Judge magazines alongside another friend from Utah, John Held, Jr. During WWI, Burrows was a staff cartoonist on the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes in Paris. When publication ceased in June 1919, he stayed on to study at the Academy Julian.

Charles Verschuuren’s Jazz Age


 Jazz AgeCharles Verschuuren (1891-1955) brought the 1920s and 30s spirit of New York to the covers of the Brooklyn Eagle’s Sunday Magazine every week from 1924 to 1933 in a dazzling, humorous style, capturing the heart of the Jazz Age. As an immigrant from the Netherlands in 1922, Verschuuren was captivated by the soaring architecture, diversity and pace of New York. His covers focused on a cast of characters headed by the newly liberated woman and her counterpart, the male collegian. The imagery deftly incorporated these characters and the feeling of America through scenes of sports, holidays, historical events, and popular entertainment. Through Verschuuren’s illustrations, Eagle readers were able to share in his wonderment and humor of urban life as he became a New Yorker. Today’s viewers continue to be enchanted by his nostalgic Art Deco iconography.