Trying to Make Baby Smile by Jack Welch

  • This oil on canvas by the American illustrator Jack Welch is entitled Trying to Make Baby Smile
  • The playful work was featured on the February 19, 1949, cover of the Saturday Evening Post
  • Like many illustrators of his day, Welch drew from the experiences of his own life for his works
  • He is remembered as a successful illustrator for numerous publications and ad agencies
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Jack Welch
1905-1985 | American

Trying to Make Baby Smile
Saturday Evening Post
cover, February 19, 1949

Signed “Welch” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

One of artist Jack Welch’s favorite family photographs is one he took from behind the baby — his daughter Ruth Marie — while a friend and his wife, along with Welch, all made faces and waved toys in a futile attempt to get the baby to smile. Welch recreates the same scene here in this delightful oil on canvas that was featured on the February 19, 1949, cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Like many illustrators of his day, Welch drew for the everyday experiences of his own life for his illustrations, which were highly popular among Post readers. Today, these charming scenes offer a snapshot into a bygone era, one that is as nostalgic as it is timeless.

Born in small town Texas, Welch first learned his trade through the W. L. Evans correspondence course in cartooning, which led him to a short-lived stint at Southern Methodist University illustrating yearbooks. This work launched him as a newspaper artist, and eventually earning a position as an advertising agency sketch man. Some of Welch’s best loved works are from this period, doing work for advertisers such as Keds, Jell-O, Pullman, and Traveler’s Insurance. Yet, it is his work for the Saturday Evening Post that is considered his best — he created a number of memorable covers for the publication, as well as others including Family Circle and Woman’s Day.

Painted in 1949

Canvas: 23" high x 19" wide
Frame: 29" high x 25" wide
Trying to Make Baby Smile by Jack Welch
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.5 Inches
Width: 23.63 Inches
Height: 25.0 Inches
Canvas Width: 17.75 Inches
Canvas Height: 19 Inches

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