Lord Peter, I presume?

Leyendecker (1874-1951) is one of my favorite American illustrators, active starting in 1899 – almost the same time as Maxfield Parrish began painting. On my wish list is the latest, gloriously glossy illustrated book on  Leyendecker, by Cutler and Cutler.

Leyendecker, Man reading, 1916

Leyendecker, Man reading, 1916

One online site uses this as an illustration of Lord Peter Wimsey. Sayers began publishing the Wimsey series seven years after this illustration was painted, so that’s just wishful thinking … but the image fits Lord Peter perfectly, doesn’t it?


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About Dianne L. Durante

I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.

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