1954 Famous Artists Course



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This is the 1954 version of the course, focusing on mid-century Saturday Evening Post-style magazine illustration.

The Famous Artists School was organized by Albert Dorne in the late 1940s. He brought together fellow illustrators John Atherton, Austin Briggs, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Al Parker, Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Harold von Schmidt and Jon Whitcomb to form the founding faculty. The earliest conception was to split the course in two parts: the "basic" course and the "advanced" program. The 1948 and 1950 versions of the course followed that concept. However the the Advanced Program was discontinued and the 1954 version of the course combined elements of the "basic" course and the "advanced" program into a single unified course of 24 lessons. The course underwent major revisions in 1960 and 1967.

This is a complete course made up of 24 lessons, including the assignment sheets, in three binders.

However this is a mixed set of binders. The student's name is engraved in the lower right corner. Binders 1 and 3 are engraved "Ralph E. Tyrrell." Binder 2 is engraved "Gunnel Frederick."

This is, in my opinion, is the best single version of the course. The 1948 and 1950 versions were primarily written and illustrated by Albert Dorne and Fred Ludekens. This 1954 version incorporates the work and lessons of all twelve Famous Artists into a unified whole.


Famous Artists School

Condition & Attributes

Very Good+ in Very Good+ binders (mild wear to binders, light edgewear to some pages, the ringholes of some pages have been neatly reinforced)


Famous Artists School

Publishing Information

Westport, CT
Famous Artists School

Physical Description

14 inches
12 inches
750 pages
5000 black & white illustrations, 24 pages in color
printed custom binders