Painting Over the Photos, Vol. 1: A Collector’s Guide to James Arthur

By Norman I. Platnick

Enchantment Ink is pleased to introduce the 26th volume in our series of full-color guides to American illustrators: Painting Over the Photos, Vol. 1: A Collector's Guide to James Arthur, by Norman I. Platnick. More than 17 years in the making, this new volume attempts to bring together all the calendar art attributed to James Arthur or the Arthur Studio. The book includes full-color images of the calendar prints, blotters, postcards, fans, boxes, china, trays, and pocket mirrors produced by Brown & Bigelow, Gerlach-Barklow, Kemper-Thomas, T. D. Murphy, and the Osborne companies, as well as smaller publishers, along with magazine and book covers. The volume features over 500 images, on 159 8.5x11 pages, with a detailed index and price guide. A biography summarizes what is known about Arthur’s life, and advances the hypothesis that the bulk of the calendar art attributed to Arthur and the Arthur Studio are actually paintings of Arthur photographs that were executed by Leonora Goddard, an artist employed at the Arthur Studio. Appendices list the copyrights filed, and provide samples of the Studio’s hand-painted photographs.

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