story illustration: Street Scene at Christmas time. oil on canvas, 22 x 34";


CHARLES EDWARD CHAMBERS (1883-1941) was born in Ottawa, Iowa, studied at the Chicago Art Institute and later at the Art Student League in New York with George Bridgman.

His illustrations were extremely competent, marked by subtlety of value and color. He learned early to adapt his method of painting for the best possible reproduction and to insure fidelity of printing; he often followed the assignments through to the hands of the platemaker.

Chambers divided his time almost equally between editorial and advertising assignments. Among his advertising commissions was an outstanding series of portraits of musicians for Steinway & Sons. He also did a great number of distinctive illustrations for twenty- four- sheet outdoor posters, notably for Chesterfield and Palmolive Soap which set high standards for that field.

He illustrated stories in most of the major magazines, for such authors as Pearl Buck, Louis Bromfield, Faith Baldwin, and W. Somerset Maugham; worked under exclusive contract for Cosmopolitan magazine for many years.

Among his numerous awards was the second Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design Exhibition in 1931, for his portrait of watercolorist and fellow-illustrator, John Alonzo Williams.