A website devoted to the rediscovery of the works of early 20th century illustrator Henry E. Vallely (1881-1950). Perhaps best known for his chiaroscuro technique employed in Big Little Books, he also produced a large volume of work including fashion illustrations for women's magazines, spot illustrations for food periodicals, magazine covers and children's books. His art is distinctive and timeless and deserves the recognition that has until this time eluded it. Comments and contributions towards the preservation of the H. E. Vallely legacy are most welcome. All images are believed to be in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Girl and Her Dog

Most of Henry Vallely’s employers were based in his home state of Illinois, and the Burson Knitting Company was no exception. Of the three illustrations he did for their Fashioned Hose line that I’m aware of, this one features perhaps the most wholesome looking young lady. While this trait was common in his line drawings for Big Little Books and Whitman Authorized Editions, the women he painted for his advertising work are often of a more matronly appearance, at least to these 21st century eyes. This piece comes from a March Good Housekeeping of an unknown year (best guess, 1919).

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