Santa by Leslie Thrasher

  • Children tell a Salvation Army Santa their wish lists in this amusing painting by Leslie Thrasher
  • Thrasher was a leading 20th-century American illustrator who composed over 360 magazine covers
  • His scenes of everyday Americans display a keen attention to detail and a charming sense of humor
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Leslie Thrasher
1889-1936 | American

Liberty Magazine cover, December 20, 1930

Signed “Leslie Thrasher” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

A Salvation Army Santa looks on with a mixture of fatigue and disinterest as a group of children tell him their Christmas gift wish lists in this lighthearted composition by leading American illustrator Leslie Thrasher. This painting was created for the December 20, 1930 issue of Liberty Magazine, for which the artist illustrated covers on a weekly basis for six consecutive years. Thrasher is known for his scenes of everyday American life imbued with a sense of humor, qualities represented to great effect in this charming painting.

Born in 1889 in Piedmont, West Virginia, Thrasher studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as a teenager and received a scholarship to study art abroad in Paris. Upon his return, he began studying under Howard Pyle, known as the “father of American illustration.” Thrasher sold his first cover illustration to the Saturday Evening Post in 1912, four years before Norman Rockwell’s first Post cover, and he would go on to produce over 360 magazine covers throughout his career. He painted humorous, relatable scenes of everyday life in America with colorful characters set against white backgrounds. He was also a successful commercial artist, painting advertisements for Cream of Wheat, Chesterfield Cigarettes and Fisk Tire.

Circa 1930

Canvas: 20 1/8" high x 17" wide
Frame: 24 1/2" high x 21 3/8" wide
Santa by Leslie Thrasher
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 21.38 Inches
Height: 24.5 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 17 Inches
Canvas Height: 20.125 Inches
Santa by Leslie Thrasher
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