I'm getting a day off today thanks to TI list member, Tom Watson. Tom sent along this series of images by Morton Roberts, "from the original reproductions in McCall's magazine, that I clipped and saved when I was an art student."
"Morton Roberts was one of the rising stars in the late 50's and early 60's," writes Tom, "and died at a very young age in 1964. He bridged the gap between fine art and illustration, and won many prestigious awards for his work."
This series from the December 1960 issue of McCall's shows Christmas in America in 1660 (top), 1760(above)...
1860 and of course, 1960.
I had heard the name Morton Roberts and may even have come across one or two pieces by the artist before - but I never truly appreciated what a talent he was until seeing this group of paintings. My thanks to Tom for bringing Morton Roberts' work to my attention - and for giving me the day off so i can get that last minute Christmas shopping done!
Morton Roberts Flickr set.