Graduate on Top of the World by Edmund Davenport

  • American illustrator Edmund Davenport presents his female graduate literally "on top of the world"
  • At the time of this work, a woman's graduation from college was a rare accomplishment
  • This historic work was featured on the June 13, 1925, cover of the Saturday Evening Post
  • Davenport was a successful illustrator and frequent cover artist for numerous periodicals
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Edmund Davenport
20th Century | American

Graduate on Top of the World
Saturday Evening Post
cover, June 13, 1925

Signed "Edmund Davenport" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

At the time of this painting's creation, a woman's graduation from college was a rare accomplishment. For that reason, American illustrator Edmund Davenport presents his female graduate quite literally "on top of the world." Featured on the June 13, 1925, cover of the Saturday Evening Post, this modern, accomplished young woman is undoubtedly on cloud nine. Her stylish bob and confident gaze hearken back to the independent flappers of her age, a decade that saw numerous changes in the status of women. Composed with Davenport's distinctively luminous style and lush color palette, Graduate on Top of the World is both a visually appealing and historically important American Illustration painting.

Edmund Davenport was a New Yorker and a successful illustrator in the 1920s. A frequent cover artist for a number of glossy periodicals, including the Saturday Evening Post and Women's Home Companion, while also working in the art department of Paramount Studios. As seen in the present piece, Davenport excelled at romancing the celebratory moments of life while avoiding obvious or excessive sentimentalism. The important work is relatively new to the market, having been held in the artist's estate until recently, making it an extraordinary find.

Circa 1925

Canvas: 38 1/4” high x 29 1/4” wide
Frame: 45” high x 35” wide

Exhibited:
Illustrating America: Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries, New York, November 2013 - January 2014
Graduate on Top of the World by Edmund Davenport
Maker: Davenport, Edmund
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings

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