The Golden Age of American Illustration: F. R. Gruger and His Circle



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An excellent, profusely illustrated book on this hugely popular illustrator Frederic Rodrigo Gruger (1871-1953) whose signature Wolff carbon pencil illustrations were a staple of The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Harper's, Harper's Bazaar, McCall's, Hearst's International, Redbook, and other top magazines. His works often come up for auction, so you will want this book when you own one of his originals.

The author quotes liberally from Gruger's correspondence and depicts the life of an illustrator in the Golden Age of American Illustration.

This book includes: A Chronology. A Record of Magazine Illustrations 1898-1943. And a Bibliography.

From the dustjacket:

This book traces the career of one of America's finest, most respected illustrators. His personal and professional life was involved with members of the Eight, who were his schoolmates and close friends, and with many of his other contemporaries such as J. C. Leyendecker, James Montgomery Flagg, Henry Raleigh, Franklin Booth, Arthur William Brown and Norman Rockwell whose illustrations have made an important contribution to American Art.


F. R. Gruger
Bernard B. Perlman

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket (dustjacket worn with several tears)


F. R.
Bernard B.

Publishing Information

Westport, CT
North Light

Physical Description

11.4 inches
9 inches
232 pages
223 black & white and 13 color illustrations