Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson
Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson
Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson

Black Jack Gum by Robert Robinson

  • This exceptional oil on canvas was composed by the iconic illustrator Robert Robinson
  • The charming advertisement appeared in the October 1926 edition of Ainslee's Magazine
  • His ability to tell a story with humor on canvas made his works prized amongst advertisers
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Item No. 30-9980
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Robert Robinson
1886-1952 | American

Black Jack Gum: That Good Old Licorice Flavor!

Signed "Robt. Robinson” (lower right)
Oil on canvas

A charming relic of a bygone era, this rare oil is the work of the American illustrator Robert Robinson. The artist’s ability to capture the humor of everyday life is on full display in this original advertisement. Executed by Robinson in 1926, the work was a special commission by the American Chicle Company, and it appeared in the October 1926 issue of the iconic Ainslee's Magazine.

Black Jack gum was among innumerable products for which Robinson would create advertisements throughout his career. A consummate storyteller, he pulls the viewer into this scene, which is set in a drugstore. The man in the foreground clearly battles his forgetfulness, while the helpful clerk holds up the Black Jack gum that he has forgotten. Filled with a timeless charm and sense of nostalgia, the work demonstrates why American Illustration is so widely beloved.

Painting poignant pictures that graced the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, Motor, American Druggist and Collier's magazines, Robinson enjoyed a distinguished career during the Golden Age of Illustration. He has largely been credited with creating the "slice of life" illustration, which captured a snapshot of a moment in a single composition. This style of illustration was later popularized by Norman Rockwell, though Robinson's illustrations stood out thanks to their intrinsic humor. Today his works remain popular relics of this golden, bygone era.

Circa 1926

Canvas: 26” high x 20” wide
Frame: 32 1/8" high x 26" wide
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Framed:26.0"W x 32.125"H
Unframed:20"W x 26"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:America
Subject:Genre
Depth:1.5 Inches
Width:26.0 Inches
Height:32.125 Inches
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