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Image of the Day, March 3, 2012

By Donna Poulton

March 5, 2012 is the anniversary of Dean Cornwell’s 120th birthday (1892-1960). Trained in the fine arts, his murals appear in Rockerfeller Center, Bethlehem Steel, the Los Angels Public Library and General Motors Building in New York. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the National Academy of Design. Cornwell turned to illustration in 1914 and his illustrations appear in books by Ernest Hemingway, W. Somerset Maugham, Pearl S. Buck and dozens of American magazines.

Dean Cornwell, The Man You Plan to Hang was published in 1924 in the novel “The Enchanted Hill.” (Courtesy of Myriam Moran). Credit: Like most artists he trained at the Arts Students League and the Chicago Art Institute, and he was fortunate to have training under Harvey Dunn (who trained with Howard Pyle). Dunn taught summer courses at the Brandywine School of Illustration. His painting The Man You Plan to Hang reveals his loose painterly style and flair for composing dynamic genre scenes. 

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