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Frederick Gordon Crosby (1885-1943)
‘A Driver’s Nightmare’.
An important, atmospheric and humorous painting featuring a collection of 1930’s car radiator mascots, all of which seemingly coming to life in a twilight, woodland clearing. The artwork features well known mascot models by Hassal, Sykes, Lejeune and others, some dancing in a circle, as if they would appear in a dream.
Mascot models to be seen include ‘Diving Girl’ by AEL/ Desmo, ‘The Witch’, Hassal’s ‘Policeman ‘Robert’, Charles Sykes’ ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’, ‘Pegasus’ and a flock of Hispano Suiza ‘Cigogne Volante’ (Flying Stork) mascots by François Bazin flying overhead.
Framed within a fluted, black oak stain frame, with acid-free mount and glazed.
Image size: 19 x 15 inches (49 x 38 cm)
Overall framed size: 30 x 24 inches (76 x 61 cm).
Provenance: The James Barron Collection, London.
Illustrated: The Art of Gordon Crosby by Peter Garnier, published 1977, p.14.