“Masterpieces of The Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection” New Britain Museum of American Art

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The New Britain Museum of American Art is pleased to present the exhibition Masterpieces of The Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection, opening on July 8.

Consisting of over 80 works by approximately 70 artists, this presentation represents a small yet exceptional portion of the Museum’s nearly 1,800-piece Low Illustration Collection. The Museum’s first director, Sanford B.D. Low, was an advocate for illustration who led the New Britain Museum of American Art to become one of the first institutions to recognize illustration as a fine art rather than merely an instrument of commerce.

Providing a veritable history of American illustration, the exhibition spotlights works by groundbreaking artists such as Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and many others. These artists skillfully captured American values in story, advertisement, and cover illustrations for publications such as Scribner’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post.


David Blossom
Benedict Arnold, n.d., Acrylic polymer on board, 22 x 29 in. ,Gift of David Blossom, 1987.26.LIC

Remington,Frederic,Infantryman in Field Costume,1952.16

Frederic Sackrider Remington
Infantryman in Field Costume, 1890, Watercolor and gouache on board, 21 x 13 1/16 in. Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1952.16LIC


N.C. Wyeth
“One more step, Mr. Hands,” said I, “and I’ll blow your brains out!” 1911, Oil on canvas< 47 x 38 1/8 in. Harriet Russell Stanley Fund 1953.18

Calkins,Richard,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, National Newspaper Service, Chicago 1936,2009.22.78LIC

Richard Calkins
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, National Newspaper Service, Chicago: 1936, Gouache, pen and ink, 26 ½ x 18 ¼ in., The Robert Lesser Collection, 2009.22.78LIC


Allen Anderson
Apache Flame! From Frontier Stories, Summer 1950, Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 ½ in., The Robert Lesser Collection, 2009.22.1LIC

"Masterpieces of The Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection"
July 8 - October 2, 2016
New Britain Museum of Amerian Art
New Britain, CT



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