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Charles Allan Gilbert

September 3, 1873 – April 20, 1929

Gilbert Signature

Gilbert Dedication

Pen & Ink on Board, Signed & dedicated to RR

Portrait 1904

12" x 13.5"


Sales Price $2,000

or best offer

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Gilbert was the youngest of the three sons of Charles Edwin Gilbert and Virginia Ewing Crane. As a child, he was an invalid (the circumstances of which are unclear), with the result that he often made drawings for self-amusement (Leonard 1913).

At age sixteen, he began to study art with Charles Noel Flagg, the official portrait painter for the State of Connecticut, who had also founded the Connecticut League of Art Students. In 1892, he enrolled at the Art Students’ League of New York, where he remained for two years. In 1894, he moved to France for a year, where he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant at the Academie Julien in Paris (New York Times 1913).

Returning from Paris, Gilbert settled in New York, where he embarked on an active career as an illustrator of books, magazines, posters and calendars. His illustrations were frequently published in Scribner's, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly and other leading magazines. It was earlier, while he was still a student at the Art Students' League, that he completed All Is Vanity, the drawing that became popular when it was initially published in Life magazine in 1902.

In the course of his artistic career, Gilbert illustrated a large number of books, among them H.G. Wells' The Soul of a Bishop (1917), Gouverneur Morris' His Daughter (1919), Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence (1920), and Booth Tarkington's Gentle Julia (1922). He also published collections of his own drawings, including Overheard in the Whittington Family, Women of Fiction, All is Vanity, The Honeymoon, A Message from Mars, and In Beauty's Realm

Works by Gilbert:
All is Vanity

Lot 75


Realized price

3,120 USD


2,000 - 3,000 USD

Dimensions: 862x558 mm

Color pastels on cardstock 

Lot number 1041 Senza titolo
Sales date 4/13/2010
Not sold
Estimate EUR 1,000 - 1,100

Mixed media/paper
Location Genoa GE (ITALY)
Size 48x39 cm
Auction house Boetto

All is Vanity
Charles Allan Gilbert, American Illustrator, 1873 - 1929

Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas.


Lot 143 
Title:  Untitled Portrait of Lady Eating Grapes
Medium:  early print
Size (H x W):  11.5 x 11.5
Signed:  sll in hand

Woman With Rose
Date: 1920
Pastel on canvas
Signed lower left
height 15”, width 40”
Description: Image of a woman dressed in 1920’s clothing holding a rose.


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