A few words on problems with trying to identify the artists who produced certain works . . .

A fairly long experience in the area of “artist identification” has showed me quite a few things.  Two of those are as follows:

1.  Many people have a great deal of difficulty in identifying “who drew what.”

2.  Many of the people who are quite poor at artist identification are unaware that they are incompetent in that area.

So, when I delve into the matters of “who designed what covers” for Goodall, the comments should probably be taken with a grain of salt, because I do not pretend to be extremely conversant with the works of John Leighton or William Taunton, or any of the other artists of the era.

You can read my long post on the topic (with respect to comic-strip art, and not Goodall), in another one of my blogs.  And here is a link to another post in which I got into the topic.  And in yet another post, I included a detailed analysis of two specific comic pages.  Those posts deal with Frank Godwin (an American illustrator, with whose work I am very closely acquainted).

I’ll mention a few of the problems that occur to me, which may exist within the area of Goodall’s booklets.  These do not necessarily apply, but there is a possibility that one or more does.

1.  Some artists are capable of imitating the work of other artists quite closely.  This is often the case with an assistant working for an artist, for example.

2.  Sometimes an artist may unintentionally work in a style similar to another artist.

3.  Sometimes a “genre” (using the word loosely) of art may include work by various artists that is similar to the work of other artists.

4.  Sometimes more than one artist may work on a given design.

These concepts (and others), and offshoots and variations, may apply to the companies and eras that this blog has dealt with.

—Tom Sawyer

January 24, 2013

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