The Life and Art of Mead Schaeffer



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Mead Schaeffer is one of the best of the painterly Golden Age illustrators. Too often overlooked, this is the first book ever devoted this artist. 

Mead Schaeffer was a Harvey Dunn student alongside Cornwell, Dan Content, Harold Von Schmidt, Saul Tepper, and others, his works epitomize the Dunn school of painterly impasto illustrators of the 1920s and 1930s. Schaeffer would adopt greater realism in his war-time illustrations and post-war Saturday Evening Post covers, perhaps influenced in part by his friend and neighbor Norman Rockwell. 

Written by illustration authority David Apatoff and featuring nearly 300 color illustrations.

From the publisher:

MEAD SCHAEFFER was one of the foremost illustrators of the romantic era of American fiction. He worked for decades producing atmospheric and evocative illustrations for the top books and magazines of the day, and his romantic, swashbuckling, and theatrical paintings ultimately earned him a spot in the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. This new book presents a stunning overview of Schaeffer's long and illustrious career, featuring scores of illustrations reproduced directly from original paintings as well as rare tear sheets and photographs.


Mead Schaeffer
David Apatoff

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine in Very Fine dustjacket in publisher's shrinkwrap



Publishing Information

Decatur, IL
Illustrated Press

Physical Description

12.25 inches
9.25 inches
224 pages
nearly 300 color and black & white illustrations
pictorial boards

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