Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Rover Boys

The Rover Boys, tempera on board, ca. 1943. The work was presented as a wedding gift to Clara Gee Kastner and Stanley Stamaty, Flora's classmates and friends from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. (Clara and Stan are the parents of cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty.) No idea if the triple-headed figure was intended to portray the Rover lads of literary fame. The work was reproduced in The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora

A pen and pencil sketch was later discovered in the Flora collection on a multi-panel sheet of unrelated drawings:


Bill Ross said...

Awesome, as always. What is the size of this painting? When you can (when you know) could you please state the dimensions of the art?

Irwin Chusid said...


Notes from my 2005 scan in Clara Gee's living room:

cardboard - perhaps back of pad
prob. tempera

H: 11-3/16" - 11-1/8"
W: 7-5/8" - 7-11/16"

image size: full

condition: good, aged, no evidence of fading; matted

Ernie said...

I like the single-cylinder engine at the bottom of the sketch. But that's just me.