The Madonna of the Trail
signed and dated 1930 l.l.
59.75 x 39.5 in. (sight), 64 x 43.5 in. (frame)
Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, OH and is best known for his work as an illustrator, particularly for his depictions of what became known as the “Christy girl.” He worked out of studios in New York City and Ohio producing magazine illustrations and portraits.
The Madonna of the Trail was commissioned for the Military Tournament at Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, on June 20-21, 1930 to benefit the Army Relief (Archives at Lafayette College of Easton, PA). The unknown buyer gifted the painting to Edwin P. Morrow (1877-1935), a politician who served as the governor of Kentucky from 1919 to 1923. According to his descendants, Morrow assisted with the “Madonna of the Trail” project run by the Daughters of the American Revolution, where twelve identical monuments depicting pioneer women were erected throughout the United States from 1928 to 1929. (There is no evidence to suggest the creation of the painting was affiliated with this project.) The painting has descended through the family.
Relined. Could use a cleaning. Blacklight reveals no apparent issues.