The First Family Car by Harry Anderson

  • This painting by American illustrator Harry Anderson exudes nostalgia and charm
  • It depicts a family getting their first car - a 1906 Compound Touring Car
  • The work was painted for Anderson's Great Moments in Early American Motoring series
  • Renowned for his attention to detail, Anderson is one of the great illustrators of his generation
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Harry Anderson
1906-1996 | American

The First Family Car
Exxon Great Moments In Early American Motoring calendar illustration

Signed "Harry Anderson" (lower right)
Gouche on board

A charming scene from a bygone era, this painting by renowned American illustrator Harry Anderson depicts a father, son and police officer posing for a photo next to the family’s brand new car — a 1906 Compound Touring Car. The painting comes from Anderson’s series entitled Great Moments In Early American Motoring that appeared in Exxon and Esso calendars produced in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Highly technical while also exuding nostalgia and warmth, this work represents the best qualities of this great of American Illustration.

Harry Anderson was a prolific, award-winning illustrator who received his art education at the Syracuse School of Art. He worked on several national advertising campaigns for brands such as Coca-Cola, Ford and American Airlines, and he created illustrations for some of the most popular magazines of the day, including The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan. In 1994, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrator’s Hall of Fame. Anderson is known best for his car calendar illustrations such as the present work, and because those calendars were popular with vintage car enthusiasts, Anderson was careful to render the automobiles with meticulous detail and accuracy.

Circa 1969

Board: 26 3/4" high x 32 1/4" wide
Frame: 28 1/2" high x 34" wide

Exxon Company, U.S.A., corporate collection
The First Family Car by Harry Anderson
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.25 Inches
Width: 32.24 Inches
Height: 26.63 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 27 Inches
Canvas Height: 21.75 Inches

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