Re: "Leetag, the Legend"
I had forgotten about Horatio Nelson Poole (more known for his Calif.
paintings and hawaii paintings, but also quite an engraver) and John
Poole, but they did some great work during that period. A friend of
mine handled a huge lot of both brother's etchings a few years back
and they were really incredible and now that you mention it I can see
the influence on DB. Point well taken on the earlier stuff, but then
again, there were a lot of "starving" artists working on the tourist
trade in those days and even Hitchcock and other well known artists
painted a lot for the trade.
Anyway, hope all of you find a bit of blanding in your stockings this
year--I am holding out for an orange 17 inch chop plate in coral reef
--- In aloha-donblanding@y..., "keith2draw" <keith2draw@a...> wrote:
> We better switch back to Blanding topics, otherwise Cadia will
> us <smile>
> Welcome Michael!
> I agree with you that Blanding's illustration was very
> I was refering to his earlier paintings, which were mainly fish and
> undersea panels and for the most part catered to tourists. I think
> once he had the success of Vagabond's House he was allowed to
> experiment more with his illustrative technique and it really took
> off. Blanding was good friends with several engravers in Honolulu,
> including John Poole, John Kelly and Juliette May Fraser...and I
> think he learned some of his technique (and eye for detail) from
> these artists. DBs adwork for the newspapers and the Charles R.
> Frazier advertising company was also good training for his later
> black & white work. Of course he also learned some of his technique
> from Chin Chong the candlemaker...as described in TODAY IS HERE.
> I'd be interested in obtaining an inventory list of your collection
> if you were willing to send it to me via private email.