Original drawing for the frontispiece of "A Tomato Can Chronicle": "From the box he extracted a spinner", depicting an angler seated streamside, with another man perched up a tree. Derrydale Press, Ralph Boyer.

Original drawing for the frontispiece of "A Tomato Can Chronicle": "From the box he extracted a spinner", depicting an angler seated streamside, with another man perched up a tree.

Published in "A Tomato Can Chronicle", 1937. Charcoal and ink on stiff paper. 9 x 12 inches, on 10 x 13 sheet, with margins ruled in pencil. Titled in pencil (in another hand) beneath. Some tape stains on verso, pinhole and discoloration at top corner margins not affecting image. Fine Siegel, p. 190; Ordeman (2005) pp. 27-8. Item #237199

Ralph L. Boyer was one of the small group of artists most closely associated with the Derrydale Press. He was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and his work as an illustrator was widely published. Connett published several series of prints by Boyer, including the celebrated Fathers of American Sport and fly-fishing prints; Boyer illustrated four books published by the Derrydale Press, including Connett's own Random Casts and A Tomato Can Chronicle by Edmund Ware Smith, where this drawing appears as the frontispiece.

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