Edwin George Lutz was an American illustrator and watercolorist. Born in Philadelphia, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia, and the Académie Julian in Paris. Among his teachers were Thomas Eakins. Lutz was a regular contributor of illustrations and cartoons to Life magazine and the New York World newspaper. He also authored and illustrated several instructional books on drawing, such as Practical Drawing and Animal Drawing in Outline. His book Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin and Development (1920) was probably the first book solely concerned with cartoon animation, and was cited by Walt Disney and other animators in his first studio as a major influence on their early experiments in making animated movies. As of the 1940 edition of Who’s Who in American Art, Lutz was living in Dumont, New Jersey.
The work is inscribed in ink to George Palen Snow (1882-1968), a prominent society lawyer, compliments of Life magazine. His wife, Carmel Snow, whom he married in 1926, was influential in the fashion world as the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958.
Inscribed lower left: To G. Palen Snow/Comp’ts of “Life”
Stamped verso: Appeared in No. 1629 Date 1/15/14. The Right to reproduce this drawing is retained by Life Publishing Company, the owner of the copyright.
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