Clyde Squires

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Art Is Long But Clyde 1 Squires Has Enjoyed Every Minute •y Gruthur SQUIRES got one of his heartiest laughs durinfc his recent August trip to his native Utah. One of the country's well-known artists, book and magazine illustrators, friend of and coworker with famous names and editors, he is -still keen on the job. It ha* been 14 years since his last visit, The laugh had to do with a recollection of a cocky derby- hatted little peanut vender who tried' to peddle his wares out- lide th<- Utah theater many years ago— and who nearly got the Squires Sears school of illustration thrown out bodily from its two jammed rooms in the Templeton building. youthful Squires not yet 20, and his chum Jack Sears, had returned to Salt Lake from art studies in New York, to earn enough money to go back to New York for another stretch of itudy. ' "I worked for. (in engraving company days and taught the •voning classes," *aid Mr. Squires. "Jack made cartoons for the Sunday Tribune and taught day classes. We snatched models from »mong our friends, the university crowd, social circles— and even directly off the streets. One night we dragged m the peanut vendor, who incidentally sold out his entire huge basket of stock to our students. They shucked the bushel or so of pea- auti all over the floorB and when the janitor came in there was an awful uproar!" itill in the early 20'. Squires set up hii freelance atudlo In New YorX. Human Interest picture* were hl« specialty — still are — and in no time he wa.ii Illustrating for Life, Judge, Pictorial, McCalla, Harpers, Colliers, Delineator, He Illustrated Kathleen NorrU' "The Younger Generation" »nd he knew the lat» Charles Dan* Gibson when that great bought Life. "H« took two-page spreads »nrt Christmas covers from m<«," Mr. Squires recalls. ".Tamos Montgomery Flagg and I wer« frlmds—he U doing portraits thus* day*. Others I know are John La GatU, Pruett Carter, Walter Biggs, Dean Cornwall •nd Harrison Cadyd. Cady> eomlc itrip, "Peter Rabbit," has mid« him a millionaire, And I h*v» the distinction of having paid th» noted actor, Fredric March, 50 cents an hor.r to po»« for m« — b«for« hi had come to fame." Kecont Suit Lake vlHltor WM Clyde Squire*, native Utah artist, book »n(l magazine illustrator, long resident In New £> UT It wa» an illustration In Success magazine in 1909 which brought Squires hi* greatest recognition— "Her Gift," "If I did that today." he say«, "it would b« dubbed sentimental. It Showed a young father looking worshipfully at his sleeping wife and newborn baby. It was human though. It touched » •pot. Every pictur* of mother «.nd child I had seen omitted dad •nd no I put him in mine," Right away came a flood of letter* nuking for copies. They emme from doctors and hospitals •nd the general public and from A prmtmaker demanding to make copies, The copies sold all over this country and Europ* with hundreds at a time in New York windows snapped up dally. "A Yard ot Roiea" and "September Morn" never created such a fuore. It still in selling. It» artist ii still a little daz«d. "I nfvtr quit* got over my wr- priae," h« s»ld. "I have a eon- »Unt reminder In my home at Gr»at N«clc. Long Island, which I built whtn the royalties cam* "Her Gift," Squire*' colored magazine illustration of .1909 whliih made a «pccta«iilar record In reprint *ale». And lt'» atlll selling. DORN on Canyon road, Suit L«k«, Squirm waji selling hi* drawing* to newspapers at 14. "I married the prettiest girl In Logan," he says today. "Elva Elianon. Met her on the street, love at first sight. I wn.i 24. earning money then and could afford to get married." Two children—and now grandchildren, come back to the Great Neck house to visit. The Squires easel a still busy, Highgrade Cartoon of Ciyde Squires, dressed to call on magazine* editors. By his chum, Jack Sears. advertising' illustrations have been added to his magazine work. While in Utah hp was the Salt Lake guest of Dr. and Mr, Georgr Thomas, 1517 B. So. Temple, and of Mrs. Nora. Eliason, Logan, his sister-in-law.

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 22 Aug 1948, Sun,
  3. Page 74

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