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Phillips, Ken [1909-1983]
[Simpsonís] A Large Collection of Original Pen & Ink and Wash Illustrations and Proofs for Canadian Retailer Simpsonís Retail Catalogue, Late 1930ís.
A large record of items offered by retailer Simpsonís between about 1937-1939. Comprising 42 sheets of varying sizes, 29 of which are approximately 31í x 25í, and 13 pieces approximately 18í x 24í, and some slightly smaller. All on thick board or arches Strathmore paper. The pieces are masterfully done, some incomplete, others with measurements, notes and guidelines for printing. Several are date stamped 1938 & 1939. The artists name appears on at least one of the pieces in thick blocked lettering. The renderings include common household items which would be featured in Simpsonís catalogues, and ads in the Globe and Mail, The Evening Telegram and The Toronto Daily News (some ad clippings also included loosely).
Items pictured include lamps, watches, bowls, glassware, womenís fashion, silverware, tea services, mattresses and their inner construction, Christmas advertising for fine furniture, a Christmas spread featuring a large Santa Claus, boats, towels, planters, cutlery and their various handle styles, living room and patio displays, various sofa and lounge styles, curtains, chairs etc. Also included are various inside views of the store, showing some of the services offered there, and a large Royal Route map for the Coronation of George VI that was featured in Toronto newspapers in 1939.
Ken Phillips studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1928 to 1933 and in New York in 1930, marrying that year to Marie Cecilia Guard. His teachers at OCA included Group of Sevenís Arthur Lismer and J. E. H. Macdonald. Phillips painted many still life pieces, mainly of landscapes and especially Toronto architecture, for which he was greatly recognized - so much so that Simpsonís reproduced many of his images in the 1970ís for souvenir pieces. Ken Phillipsí career with the giant retailer began in the late 1930s where he worked in the Art Advertising Department, taking the lead on numerous illustrations for various departments for the retailer. - http://www.phillipsandguard.ca/ken-phillips/