Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Illustration Art during the Roaring 20’s: Salmagundi Artists as Storytellers
Online, September 30, 2020


photography image from The Norman Rockwell Museum: Leyendecker and Rockwell      

For SCNY Members on zoom
Sponsored by the Program Committee
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:00pm
The Program Committee is pleased to announce that Jim Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait and proprietor of, will make a Zoom presentation on September 30. His subject will be Illustration Art during the Roaring 20s. 
Free to attend
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Jim has been a lay member of the SCNY since 2017 when he presented two programs about Illustration Art during World War One. He pointed out then that several of our Salmagundi Members were prominent in the war effort. Charles Dana Gibson and DeSales Casey managed the Committee on Public Information’s Division of Pictorial Publicity for which they organized hundreds of the nation’s best illustrators to create war and humanitarian posters. Among these were Howard Chandler Christy, J. C. Leyendecker, Edward Penfield, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth. Of the eight artist-soldiers who went to France with the American Expeditionary Force, seven were club members, being William Aylward (SC 1915), Harvey T. Dunn (SC 1915), George M. Harding (SC 1912), Ernest C. Pexietto (SC 1898), J. Andre Smith (SC 1911) Harry Townsend (SC 1908) and non club member Wallace Morgan. 
In his earlier programs, Jim used posters, magazine illustrations, and field art to illustrate the overarching theme of the enterprise: by pulling together, we can accomplish anything—beginning with winning “the war to end all wars.” His upcoming program on September 30 will be a sequel. 
When the war ended, businessmen used this theme to launch one of the greatest booms in the nation’s history. Jim will tell this story in terms of two of our most celebrated members. J. C. Leyendecker was America’s leading artist adman. Norman Rockwell was America’s leading storyteller. They were friends and for many years, neighbors in New Rochelle. Together they produced nearly 650 covers for The Saturday Evening Post. 
Please join us on September 30 for this virtual lecture by Salmagundian Jim Thompson discussing America’s signature art form and two of its greatest practitioners.
Mr. Thompson has appeared on CSpan History Channel in addition to numerous other history-orientated radio and television programs. He has spoken at the Virginia Historical Society, the U.S. Naval Academy, Stratford Hall, and Wilton House in Richmond Virginia. Jim has presented lecture series for continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University and the University of Delaware.

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