Witch On A Broomstick by George Brown Petty
Witch On A Broomstick by George Brown Petty

Witch On A Broomstick

Witch On A Broomstick October 1947 Halloween Pinup Girl Calendar Illustration by American Painter George Brown Petty IV (1894 – 1975); Magazine Illustrator and Pinup Artist of the 1930s, 40s and 50s

This is whimsical pinup girl illustration of a Leprechaun Witch flying on her broomstick on Halloween all decked out in emerald green, which contrast beautifully with her auburn colored hair.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

George Petty’s first came to public attention during his high school years, where he was the staff artist for the school newspaper.

While going to high school George enrolled for night classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts under the tutalage of Ruth VanSickle Ford.

While at the academy George taught his own drawing course, charging his classmates five dollars per session; as well as working in his father’s photography shop where he learned the skill of using an airbrush.

Later George went to Paris and studied at the Académie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens and others until 1916, when World War I broke out, which caused ambassador Myron T. Herrick, to order all Americans to leave Paris and return to the United States.

After returning to the United States, George worked as an airbrush retoucher at a local printing company in Chicago; later establishing himself as a freelance artist, painting calendar girls and magazine covers for The Household; and by 1926 he had opened his own studio.

George is especially known for the Petty Girl series of pin-up girl paintings he did for Esquire Publications, from the autumn of 1933 through 1956.

George frequently depicted his pin-up girls with relatively long legs, and relatively smaller heads than that of his actual models.

His work primarily appeared in Esquire and Fawcett Publications – True also known as True, The Man’s Magazine; but was also in calendars marketed by Esquire, True and the Ridgid Tool Company of North Ridgeville Ohio, which was founded in 1923.

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