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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Pencil Drawing Featuring Coconut Palm by Edward Howard Suydam

Edward Howard Suydam (American, 1885-1940)
Detail of Coconut Palm, Hawaii
Paper size: 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
Framed: 24 x 21 3/4 inches
Graphite pencil on paper
Inscribed lower left: Appleton.Century.Crofts Collection of E. H. Suydam Pencil Drawings 

E. H. Suydam's original pencil illustrations capture the vibrancy of the places he visited as they were in the late 1930s.  A noted artist of views, Suydam was best known for the illustrations he created for a number of publications, most of which were published by the Appleton-Century Company.  Several of the most famous publications to which he contributed illustrations were Lyle Saxon's "Lafitte the Pirate" and "San Francisco's Chinatown," and he also drew views of a number of American and Mexican cities.  Suydam is adeptly able to capture the atmosphere and texture of daily life with immediacy in his spontaneous, inimitable style of draftsmanship, a quality that was impossible to duplicate in the published series.  

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