VANGUARD GALLERY of CARMEL PRESENTS,
IN THE 1940'S PIN-UP ERA AND STYLE OF VARGAS, ELVGREN, PETTY AND MORAN ARE:
"MARILYN MONROE Looking BLONDE NUDE On FENCE AT BEACH"
TED WITHERS Of HOLLYWOOD - 50s PINUP ILLUSTRATOR
Created the popular "Artist Sketchpad" Calendar pin-up paintings
Drawing on paper, 8.5 X5.5 - circa 1950
Stored since new near mint condition. If you like this one please review the other offerings.
(First Drawing shown, this listing only, see other listings for other drawings.)
Unsigned Attributed to Withers with an expert opinion by Daniel Vancas, below.
These drawings were recovered unused and stored since new and carefully packaged, and bought from an estate sale dealer in Los Angeles several years ago. This was a large collection of smaller carefully crafted commercial grade pinup drawings, mostly nudes. I bought them all. I decide to sell a few of these fantastic drawings. And present them to you for the first time. Some have a 2nd drawing on the reverse. I will note it in the listing when they do.
WHO DREW THESE? PRELIMS FOR PAINTINGS?
MY OPINION and the DISCOVERY
"Recently while reviewing the drawings I found a very small signature of the artist barely discernible and hidden but there. At last, I can say my opinion is confirmed. This art in my expert opinion is the unsigned development studies and drawings of Ted Withers and based on the models used from the 1940s through 1950."
Over the years, I have owned and sold several of these Ted Withers Original pinup Paintings. I have also owned Fritz Willis and Mac Pherson paintings, also with background sketches in the paintings. All were used for the creation of the popular "Artist Sketch Pad" calendars of the late 1940s and 50s. I have studied the drawings on the backgrounds of the oil on board paintings by Ted Withers carefully, as well as the other two artists. All three were living in Southern California then. I have cleaned and partially restored them. This precise skill, craftsmanship and of his line work was amazing and better than most. I have also have collected many of the vintage 1950's Wither's Sketchbook calendars as well. Knowing he was an artist working in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood, including MGM that was in Culver City, it was no surprise to me when I found this collection of highly skilled precise pinup art drawings of models and some Hollywood stars of the late 1940s and 1950s. All of the drawings came out of one package in an estate sale. There was no provenance or description other than it was from a local pinup artist to the now deceased. Since I knew that there was three in the Southern California area that did "Artist Sketch Books" in the 1950s, for the same calendar company, I had it narrowed down. But it was the skill and precision drawing method of a highly trained artist that clearly set him apart from the other two highly talented artists. And yes I also owned Fritz Willis and a Mac Pherson with sketches in the paintings, but these clear and uncompromising lines in the drawings ruled them out. Yes, my 25 years as a pinup artist, an Elvgren replica artist, and expert helped me to determine who did these unsigned drawings. My best opinion is that it's attributed to Ted Withers. Which by the way was his and several others pinup and illustrators custom not to sign art. More so if they were considered mock-up drawings. Often even on the paintings shipped to the calendar Company, they were left unsigned. This was so the calendar art department could put a past up of his signature in the final best layout they saw fit. Recently while reviewing the drawings I found a very small signature of the artist barely discernible and hidden but there. At last, I can say my opinion is confirmed. This art in my expert opinion is the unsigned development studies and drawings of Ted Withers and based on the models used from the 1940s through 1950. On showing several of these to my acquaintance, popular movie Star and pinup glamour girl of the era, Mamie Van Doran, she also told me the art was the late 40s and early 50s. She had posed for Vargas, but could not confirm names of other artists. Mamie and Marilyn's photos were distributed throughout Hollywood and the studios, so the artist who also worked there has access to many photos to merge with Wither's own studio models. This too was a common practice with all the pinup artists.
CONCLUSION After review, It is my best opinion that I know of no other artist of this level of skill, prolifically drawing pinups of popular known and unknown models in the late 1940s and 1950s that could execute this work, in such a consistent way, then Ted Withers.
Daniel Vancas, pinup artist and collector, Director Vanguard Gallery, Carmel since 1992.
TED WITHERS of Hollywood ARTIST BIO: Ted (AKA Edward) Withers was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied at Wellington College then traveled halfway around the world to London. There he continued his art instruction at the Royal Academy of London. Afterward, Ted studied at the South Kensington School of Art and the Slade School of Art. Finally, he joined the prestigious Académie Julian in Paris for advanced art studies. Withers was awarded three decorations for his service during World War One where he was stationed in Samoa, Egypt, France, and Germany.
In 1924, Withers moved with his wife and two children to America. He found work in Hollywood. On the side doing celebrity portraits, special effects, and finally art direction at MGM studios. After Ted Withers continued fine art painting on the side. When he took up painting pin-ups and produced numerous calendar girls for a big calendar Company during the 1950s he became a very popular addition to the line up of pinup artists that included Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Mozart, Mac Pherson, and many others. The company he worked for was one of biggest producers of calendars in the twentieth century with a complete distribution throughout America and much of Canada.
A distinctive feature of Withers pin-up work was the inclusion of pencil drawings of nudes and semi-nude figures in the background of the oil paintings. This was to create and simulate the design of an "Artist Sketch Pad" for the finished calendar design. alongside his finished portraits. This required the use of a number of prelim drawings for mockups.
Ted Withers was at the Ad and Calendar company's annual convention in 1950 while talking with Norman Rockwell, Rolf Armstrong, and Gil Elvgren. These established artists praised him as "one of America's greatest, most versatile painters" and Elvgren, who was also a talented photographer, added, "Ted was one of the best photographers in the country".
In a letter to the ad and calendar firm who hired him, Withers described the view from his Hollywood Hills home: "At night I look out on a carpet of jewels composed of neon and street lights, and here I work and am grateful that way over the eastern horizon, you nice people multiply my effort and enable me to live very well indeed".
Withers continued painting pinups until 1961
He passed away in 1964.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ART OFFERED:
Unframed, Pencil on paper, artist draft. Condition as seen in photos. Some of these have storage edge wear, use handling etc.
All drawings Sold as is, unsigned. Good condition for age, stored since new.
These drawings offered in this Vanguard Collection are estimated to be from the 1940s and 50s. All are good to great condition, some near mint, some minor storage edge wear. Buyers to Review the photos for condition approval before purchase. All can be professopnal framed and displayed with great results. All stored since new by the artist sold to Vanguard Gallery in 2001 and many in private art archives since. As the art is on a tan slightly yellowed paper, some slight variation in photos to art.
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PIN-UPS nudes and illustrations are rare and highly desirable and raising in value at auctions. Historically art departments for pinup advertisers as well as most movie companies, advertisers, pulp, calendar, and magazines would routinely throw away older art archives. In this way many artist's illustration works was lost at a rate of 40 to as much as 95%, leaving the old paper printed materials as the only lasting image. However, This rare painting survived! This was in private collection for years and this is the first time offered here!
Art can be inspected on request. Vanguard Gallery has been in business since 1992. Known for the home of pinup revival and Elvgren, Vargas, Petty, Runci, Moran, Zoe Mozert, Daniel Vancas, DeMartini and more artists. This is where you'll find, rare images of Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, Retro and vintage Nudes and pinups in Lingerie, Garter Belts, Glamour, stockings and nylons, and frilly panties, all playfully flirting with the viewer... We also have historic objects, antiques, radios plus illustrations and advertising from the deco to modern period. Aviation, WWII, Island, Hula, Tiki and so much more
This fine art painting highest quality! Excellent condition for age and medium.
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Artist to be offered include Elvgren, Vargas, Varga, Petty, Moran, Vancas, DeMartini, Petty, Earl Moran, Fritz Willis, Runci, Thompson, Driben, Bradshaw Crandell, Enoch Bolles (Boles) and more! Lots of retro pin-up girls, movie stars, Marilyn Monroe, burlesque teasing in vintage nylons, stockings, garter belts, bra, panties & lingerie!
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