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, September 09, 2007

Robbers' Roost

As demonstrated in the pages of his numerous western themed Big Little Books, Henry Vallely had an affinity for illustrating horses. The above painting, the frontispiece for Zane Grey's Western Magazine Vol. 1, No. 3 from 1947, was a teaser for the issues' featured novel Robbers' Roost by Zane Grey.

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Blogger ~D.Puck' said...

Just wanted to say that it's great to see a blog site devoted solely to the works of Henry E. Valleley! I've been a fan of his work my entire life, first seeing it in a 1941 copy of the Whitman "The Story of Jesus" when I was a child of 4 or 5 (circa 1955) which my late brother owned. (And I'm proud to say that I STILL own that original copy!)

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Blogger DSK said...

Thanks for stopping by!
Vallely's wonderful illustrations from "The Story of Jesus" are on the "to do" list. Perhaps this Christmas or next Easter :)

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Anonymous Zane said...

I never knew of Henry E. Vallely until today, and now extoll his realism and representation of The Lone Ranger on the BLB cover of The Lone Ranger and the Black Shirt Highwayman book. Vallely's artwork rings true with Brace Beemer’s wonderful, incomparable voice on the radio series. The gentle power of the handsome face; its virtuousness; a singular strength and kindness of the eyes. I find it a magnificent rendering by this clearly superb artist.

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