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Map, California, Pictorial, Map of Hollywood, Harold Grieve, Vintage Print, 1926

Harold Walter Grieve (1901-1993) (after)
Being a Map of Hollywood from the Best Surveys of the Time
American: 1926
Color process print
Signed and dated in matrix, lower right
24.5 x 33.5 inches, image
25.25 x 34.5 inches, overall
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A bird’s-eye view pictorial map of Hollywood, California, celebrating the film industry, where the artist, Harold W. Grieve, worked as a designer at the time. Although it whimsically is titled “from the Best Surveys of the time” it takes considerable liberties with the scale, centered on an outsized Hollywood Boulevard. The rest of the geography is compressed to show areas where people in the film industry lived or worked: Beverly Hills, Culver City, Edendale and Laurel Canyon, with the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean upper left. However, the movie studios, mansions, and other buildings that are included are recognizable in the illustrations.

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United Artists, Metropolitan Studios, Warner Brothers, and William Fox Studio are shown. Other major buildings include Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hollywood High School, and the Japanese Villa. Mansions of actors, producers and directors are illustrated in Beverly Hills and Whigley Heights, including Pola Negri, Harold Lloyd, Raymond Griffith, Gloria Swanson, Ernst Lubitsch, and the married couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Not coincidentally, Grieve had worked with many of these people. Throughout are comic strip balloons making fun of gossipy conversations, such as “Who is that who just came in?” “It’s either Mary or Pola.” Some lampoon industry work conversations such as, “And then come to a close up of a wilted flower,” on a building advertising “Write Scenarios, Make Big Money,” and another complaining, “The director spoiled my story­.” The margins are decorated with references to the movies, celebrities, and the nearby mountains and orange groves. The upper left and right margins are decorated with frames of unspooled film and the lower margin illustrates a Western being shot on location.­­

Harold W. Grieve spent his entire life in Los Angeles, where he worked in the film industry and as an interior designer. After attending Hollywood High School and studying at the Francis Smith School of Illustration and Painting, he worked as a set designer, costume designer, and art director on several silent films during the 1920s. His credits included Ben-Hur, The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks, and Lady Windermere’s Fan directed by Ernst Lubitsch. In the late 1920s he became an interior designer with many clients in the film industry such as George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Ernst Lubitsch, Hal Roach, Raoul Walsh, and  the couple Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer. Grieve was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has his papers in their archive.

Condition: Generally very good to fine, having bright colors, nonetheless with the usual overall light toning, handling, wear.


“Finding Aid for the Harold Walter Grieve papers.” Online Archive of California. (4 February 2022).

“Harold Grieve papers 1921-1977 (inclusive).” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2022. (4 February 2022).

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20th Century