Saturday, April 6, 2019

"The Tramp"

Here we have a spectacular pen-and-ink drawing by John R. Neill. It's large and it shows Neill's extraordinary skill creating different textures and interplay between light and dark.

"The Tramp" pen-and-ink by John R. Neill $1500.00

John R. Neill (American) 1877-1943
Pen-and-ink on thick illustration board, signed "JNO R NEILL"
Image size: 19.5" x 9.75"
Board size: 20.5" x 17.75"

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Make sure to click on the images to enlarge them so you can examine the intricate detail! It is an exceptionally fine example of Neill's pen-and-ink work.

Detail of "The Tramp" a pen-and-ink by John R. Neill
Detail of "The Tramp" a pen-and-ink by John R. Neill

The drawing is captioned in Neill's hand at lower right corner of board: "The tramp stopped digging and looked up, but made no effort to take the card." This wonderfully detailed pen-and-ink was published in a Salvation Army article called "A Man May Be Down But He's Never Out" in an unknown publication.

Additional writing on the back of the board thus: #6192 / May 2, 1919 / (Then in Neill's handwriting) "A Man May be down / But He's never out." / Salvation Army Article / John Neill

The image area is in superb condition with none of Neill's frequent drawing corrections using board-scratches, applied paper, or Chinese-white. The board has some wear and chipping to upper left corner, top edge, and bottom edge. There are pencil lines indicating the printer should remove the black borderline and also indicating the image should be reduced by the printer to 8 7/8" wide. Small Neill family inventory label marked "34" affixed to lower right corner of board.

Neill has signed the drawing in full.

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