Lot 368: Classic China War Relief Poster, World War II

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Lot 368: Author: N/A; Title: Original poster by artist Martha Sawyers, "China First To Fight!/ United China Relief/Participating in National War Fund"; Place Published: N/A; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: ca. 1944; Description: Striking 14 x 19" multi-color poster, depicting a Chinese soldier with his wounded wife and child.After studying with George Luks at the Art Students League in New York, Martha Sawyers and her husband traveled throughout the Far East in the 1930s, settling in Beijing until the Japanese invasion of 1937 forced their narrow escape to Shanghai. Returning to the US, Sawyers worked as a special "Asia" illustrator for Colliers magazine until the end of World War II, when she went back to China as an Army War correspondent for Life magazine.This classic poster displays her sensitive wartime work, when aid to war-torn China was a popular cause célèbre among the American public. Condition: Top corner clipped off, with no loss of text. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $250-350
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