Thursday, November 19, 2020

Ernest Hamlin Baker Portraits for Time Magazine Covers

Ernest Hamlin Baker (1889-1975) was a prolific illustrator best known for his portraits work for Time Magazine covers. I wrote about him here, and David Apatoff provides useful information about him here.

Unfortunately, there otherwise seems to be little background material about him on the Internet, if a brief Google search is any guide.

Below are examples of Time cover portrait art, mostly from the 1940s and World War 2.

Gallery

Dwight Eisenhower
Probably painted when he was President.

Benito Mussolini - 1941
The Italian dictator.

General Sir Harold Alexander
When in command of the Mediterranean theatre for Britain.

General Erwin Rommel - c. 1942
The Desert Fox.

Winston Churchill - 1949
For Time's "Man of the Half-Century" cover that appeared around the start of 1950.

Henry Ford - 1941
Showing Ford Motor Company's gearing up for war production.

Alfred P. Sloan
Chairman of General Motors.  Again having to do with conversion from cars to weapons.

George Marshall
Probably when he was Secretary of State.

Juan and Evita Peron
Argentina's Dictator.

Oveta Culp Hobby - 1944
Col. Hobby led the Woman's Army Corps during the war.

Groucho Marx - 1951
The comedian.  A slightly colorized version of this drawing (or a nearly identical one) was on Time's last 1951 cover.

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