Robert G. Harris (1911-2007) – classic American Illustrator.

Robert G. Harris illustrated everything from crude pulps to refined magazines for women. This WW II illustration of a war bride learning the fate of her soldier husband appeared in the latter. After the war he continued to paint for the slick magazines, He also worked in advertising for Coca-Cola, Cannon Sheets and other brand-name accounts.

As a successful illustrator in an era when illustrations helped to shape the national imagination, Harris could afford to build a large home and studio in fabled Westport, Connecticut with three cars in his garage and his own private sea-plane at the beach. As the illustration field grew, the top talent from around the country flocked to Westport to try their luck. Soon, Harris found Westport was becoming too crowded. Harris’ friend, the great illustrator Al Parker, explained that early illustrators such as Harris sought out Westport for its “cornfields and crickets.” When the open fields filled with houses, Parker followed Harris to Arizona.

Robert G. Harris