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James McMullan Collection Box 5 Folder 2: original art for Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1996).
March 02, 2014

Spot on

By: bethkleber

James McMullan is best known for his gorgeous posters for Lincoln Center theatrical productions, but he applies the same care to his spot illustrations for The New Yorker theater reviews. The examples of original art reveal a depth of expression that does not always come through when reproduced on glossy magazine paper.

Wet on Wet, colorful watercolor painting of a kneeling man painted a bright yellow looking into the eyes of a woman painted teal with wings; a small, pink angry woman glares at him from below . They're on a empty blue background.

 
James McMullan Collection Box 5 Folder 2: original art for Indiscretions (1995).

Sketch and finished watercolor painting of two women by a doorway; one is pale and old in fancy black clothing, seated, with a dog on her lap, the other is young with gold blonde hair and rosey cheeks standing, in a white dress, . A wedding couple is visible in the bright doorway in the background.

 
James McMullan Collection Box 5 Folder 2: sketch and original art for Dinner at Eight (2002).

Watercolor; A portrait of a blonde man with downcast eyes; the fullbody of a middle-aged man in a suit is visible in the background

 
James McMullan Collection Box 5 Folder 1: original art for Death of a Salesman (1999).

This post also appears on our Picturebox blog.