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Original Pencil Drawing by Sam Hyde Harris Van de Kamps - Authenticated

  • $ 55000

Stunning and rare original pencil drawing by Sam Hyde Harris with authentication. The pencil drawing is the original sketch used for the Van de Kamps bakeries advertising and on the right hand side is the actual print version of the pencil drawn ad. Sam Hyde Harris was very successful within the commercial art field throughout his career and actually designed the windmill logo for Van de Kamps bakeries.

This is an incredibly rare and collectible sketch & vintage advertising example.

I have several sketches from the Sam Hyde Harris estate all of which have been authenticated and registered with an inventory number and on record by the State of California - stamped and signed on the back of the frame by the court appointed appraiser Maurine St Gauden.

Sam Hyde Harris was born in Brentford, Middlesex, England on Feb. 2, 1889. Harris immigrated to Los Angeles in 1904. As a teenager he attended classes at the local ASL and Cannon Art School under Hanson Puthuff, Will Foster, Lawrence Murphy, F. Tolles Chamberlin, and Stanton MacDonald-Wright. Sam Hyde Harris worked in commercial art throughout his career and taught at the Ebell Club, Businessmen's Art Institute, and Chouinard Art School for many years. While working odd jobs in advertising art, he continued his art education, studying with a list of notables: Stanton McDonald-Wright, Frank Tolles Chamberlain, Laurance Murphy, Will Foster, and Hanson Puthuff. He was successful at commercial art, creating posters for clients like the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Sante Fe railroads which today are collector's items. He created the Van deKamp Bakeries logo of a windmill. 

In 1950 Harris bought Jack Wilkinson Smith's old studio in Alhambra and lived there for the rest of his life. The harbor at San Pedro was one of his favorite painting spots. His early paintings (1920-40) show the influence of his teacher and sketching partner Hanson Puthuff and are bathed in light and atmospheric effects. His late paintings are mostly desert scenes done on sketching trips with Jimmie Swinnerton and are bolder, with a palette of reds, yellows, and greens. Sam Hyde Harris won over 100 awards in southern California exhibitions from 1936 until his death in Alhambra on May 30, 1977.   


Framed piece measures 21.75" long by 17" wide by 0.8" thick and weighs 5lb 1oz


In good condition but there is over exposure damage to the paper condition - please see all pictures as they form part of the description 

Condition Disclosure

All our items are vintage/antiques and most have had decades of use. A buyer of vintage objects should assume a baseline of wear. I am always honest and clear in my descriptions and always endeavor to point out any flaws to avoid disappointment but I cannot disclose every minute sign of use on our items as it would be impossible to do so. You should assume these are present unless we specify otherwise here at the beginning of the condition report.

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