Comes with a copy of the original sheet music (see last images). Interestingly, the cardboard backing that held it in the original framing was a trimmed WWII lithograph poster. She published her first song at age 15 or 16, and became one of the most popular female songwriters of her generation, known especially for flower-themed songs.
Owen was born in Brazil, Indiana, the daughter of a Welsh immigrant, and attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The signed painting is by famed sheet music cover artist Frederick S. Few sheet music cover artists were able to capture the essence of beautiful women quite the way Frederick Stewart Manning was able to. He actually entered that specific field as a second career of sorts later than most artists, being in his mid-thirties when his music covers started appearing. Frederick was born in Port Huron, Michigan, in 1874 to British immigrant Thomas E.Manning and his Illinois born wife Jane M. He had two sisters, including Clara (1878) and Pearl (1881). Fred's family moved to St Paul, Minnesota when he was very young, and they appear there in the 1880 census, Fred listed as the misspelled Stuart. In the mid-1880s the family moved down to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in part to help with Jane's worsening health. She subsequently passed on in 1892.
Much of Manning's early artwork which originated in that state was in the field of comic panels and strips of the late 19th century, working for the Colorado Springs Gazette. He also taught penmanship and possibly drawing at Guinn Commercial College in the same town.
On October 4, 1893, Frederick married Canadian native Harriet "Hattie" Irene Tremell, in her first trimester of pregnancy. Their son Frederick Lyle was born on April 21, 1894. The young family moved to Denver around 1899, and Fred found work as an advertising and commercial artist for the Palmer-Ellinghausen Company.The 1900 census listed Fred in Denver, Colorado with Hattie and six year-old Lyle. His avocation shown at that time was as a magazine artist. As Frederick's talents and experience increased, the family moved to Chicago. They soon added Thomas R.
To the family on May 22, 1905. While in Chicago Fred did more commercial and comic art, including cartoons for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Evening Post. He also illustrated a book of poetry, Sweethearts Always, compiled by Janet Madison. Some of his first sheet music cover art appeared in Chicago as well, some of it uncredited.Fred is shown in the 1910 census in Chicago with Hattie and sons Lyle and Thomas, listed as a portrait artist, another of his lines of work that would become more prominent. In 1911 the Mannings moved to New York City with Frederick in search of a more serious and profitable career in advertising artwork. He scored quickly, creating ad art for companies as varied as the Union Pacific Railroad and Coca Cola. His work soon caught the eye of Will Von Tilzer of Broadway Music, and publisher Leo Feist, and he produced covers for them. He was also a member of the Society of Independent Artists, and exhibited with them during shows held in the late 1910s. Manning's passion for fine portraits continued to surface, and portrait artist is the vocation shown on his 1918 draft card, registered on Staten Island where the family was now living. Lyle had registered the year before, and likely served, but Frederick remained stateside.
N the 1920 census Frederick was listed as a landscape artist, and his wife inexplicably with the name Josephine. This misidentification led to a notion by researchers that Manning had possibly been divorced, but further information proves this to be untrue. Lyle was also starting his own career as a commercial artist around this time. From 1919 to the late 1920s Frederick produced a number of beautiful and elegant covers for publisher Jerome H. Remick, most of which remain highly collectible decades later.With this he eventually moved back to Staten Island into a house in Donegan Hills, commuting on the famous Staten Island Ferry to his Manhattan studio. The 1925 New York census, however, may have been taken before this time, as Frederick, Hattie and Thomas were living on 14th Street on the north side of the somewhat Bohemian area of Greenwich Village, surrounded by other artists, musicians and theater folk. In 1929 Frederick received a commission for a portrait of national hero, pilot Charles Lindbergh, Jr. Which currently can be seen at the Minnesota Historical Society. While a number of artists simply followed requested ideas or even submitted their own conceptions for final use without question, Manning was always sensitive to his clients in that he wanted them to be satisfied with what he produced. Therefore, working on his experience in advertising, he would submit a watercolor draft of each concept to the publisher for selection or final approval. Then he would create his works, using paid models, in either watercolor or pastels with occasional ink highlights. Although much of Manning's earlier work is signed with the full signature represented above, he would occasionally use only his initials F. As on the comical Christopher Columbus, or in later years only his last name. As of the 1930 census, Thomas was seen living with Hattie and working as an assistant vice president for an electric company, but Frederick appears to have missed that record, perhaps on travel at that time. In subsequent years he and Hattie moved to Matawan, New Jersey. When the demand for cover artists of his type faded in the 1930s, he continued serious painting by public or private commission until shortly before his death. Lyle, who had enjoyed a career of his own as a commercial artist, died in September of 1959. Manning passed on at age 85 in 1960 in Matawan. Hattie survived the both until 1968.
The beauty Manning captured in his subjects of yesteryear lives on today in vivid hues, which affirms the old saying that beauty is truly ageless. Dimensions: 20 1/2" by 24 1/2". The item "Rare Original Signed Illustration Painting of Sheet Music Cover Anita Owen 1919" is in sale since Thursday, September 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "pengang" and is located in Marietta, Georgia.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.