Saturday, April 13, 2019


Here we have a lovely and very detailed pen-and-ink drawing by John R. Neill showing a wealthy young gentleman wearing a striped smoking-jacket, cunningly holding a cigarette holder. 

"After-Wit" Pen-and-Ink drawing by John R. Neill $2000.00

"After Wit" (1921)

John R. Neill (American) 1877-1943
Pen-and-Ink on heavy illustration board, signed "JNO R NEILL"
Image size: 13.5" x 11"
Board size: 22" x 13"

This fine drawing was created for the story "After-Wit" by Nalbro Bartley, published in the January 1921 issue of Everybody's MagazineNeill's play of light and dark and the various textures he uses are excellent. Look at the detail in the curtains (decorated with assorted birds) and the way Neill drew the smoke, partially obscuring the background. 

Detail from "After-Wit" illustration by John R. Neill (1921).

The drawing is captioned in Neill's hand at lower right, "After-wit / 'Hello, Doc. What do you think of this getting an electric jag? anything in it? —" Additional penciled note: "After Wit - Everybodys N. S. 1055 5 - 4."

The drawing is on a large sheet of heavy illustration board. It is in very good condition. There is a small Neill family inventory sticker "99" at lower right above caption.

"After-Wit" Pen-and-Ink drawing by John R. Neill $2000.00

 The drawing is signed "JNO R NEILL."

As mentioned above, the story "After-Wit" by Nalbro Bartley, was published in the January 1921 issue of Everybody's Magazine. You can see the drawing as published below.
Neill's drawing for "After-Wit" as published in EVERYBODYS MAGAZINE.

The author of "After-Wit" is Nalbro Isadorah Bartley. She was born in Buffalo, New York, November 10, 1888. She was an American short story writer and newspaper columnist. She died on September 7, 1952. You can read the entire story and see Neill's other fine illustrations for it below. Click on each of the images to enlarge them for easier reading. Enjoy!

"After-Wit" by Nalbro Bartley
Illustrated by John R. Neill
Published in Everybody's Magazine, January 1921

Click on the pages below to enlarge them for reading.

"After-Wit" Page 1 - Click to Enlarge
"After-Wit" Page 2 - Click to Enlarge
"After-Wit" Page 3 - Click to Enlarge
"After-Wit" Page 4 - Click to Enlarge

"After-Wit" Page 5 - Click to Enlarge
"After-Wit" Page 6 - Click to Enlarge

"After-Wit" Page 7 - Click to Enlarge

"After-Wit" Page 8 - Click to Enlarge

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