June 21, 2019
(Next post on Monday: The Advertising Campaign for “Ask for Hires and Get the Genuine” with Art by Maxfield Parrish)
Grace (nee Callori) Kremer of Bloomfield, N.J., passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. She was 88.
Visitation will be at Frank Halpin’s Brookdale Funeral Home, 1284 Broad St., Bloomfield, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home. The Funeral Liturgy will follow in Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield, at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, 225 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, N.J.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., Mrs. Kremer had lived in Bloomfield for 55 years. She was a freelance artist for Ace Magazine, Harvey Comics and Marvel for more than 40 years. She was a former member of the Bloomfield Art League. Mrs. Kremer was predeceased by her husband, Warren Kremer. She is survived by four children, Richard Kremer, Maryanne Ames and her husband, Allen, Peter Kremer and Suzanne Petrozzino and her husband, Ron; a sister, Phyllis Antoshak, and two grandchildren, Alicia and Michael Petrozzino.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (alz.org).
Raymond Perry, the Gazette staff artist, who is pursuing a course of instruction at the Chicago Art Institute, is making very rapid progress there. He has again been promoted and is away ahead of the 160 students in whose class he started a few months ago. His last promotion was up to the “Antique” class. The professors speak very flatteringly of his progress.The Chicago Tribune, May 4, 1898, reported Perry’s prize at the fourth annual Congress of the Central Art Association, “… A prize of $15 for a cover design for Arts for America, the national organ of the association, was awarded to Raymond Perry of Chicago. The competition is a yearly one, and is entered by art students all over the country.”
Arts for America for June is out with a new cover designed by Raymond Perry. A prize was offered last March for a cover design for this publication. About seventy designs were submitted from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago. Mr. Perry is a student of the Art Academy. The principal motive of his design is the figure of a man holding a globe to which other spheres are bound, furnishing a support for the title and illustrating the sentiment “Art is the directing power of the universe. Through the interpretation of nature it leads to science, industry, culture, and all true education.”He drew the cover of the May 1899 issue of The Inland Printer, a Chicago publication. The publication also printed two Perry illustrations in its June 1900 issue.
A collection of the work of the students of the Art Academy is exhibited in one of the studios of the school at 300 Wabash avenue. It includes none of their school studies, but designs, compositions, out-of-door sketches, and other work in oil, water, pen and ink, and wash. Many of the pupils of the evening classes of the school are engaged in practical designing and illustrating in the daytime and many of the exhibits of these have a distinctly professional character. Among these are drawings of horses by Robert J. Dickey, designs for book covers by Raymond Perry, …The 1900 census recorded Perry in Chicago where he was a bank clerk. He was a lodger at 291 Michigan Avenue.
After 15 successful exhibitions of pictures during the season, the MacDowell Club of New York is giving a sixteenth for the purpose, as a member explained, of “giving the little pictures a chance.” The plan of this club is to offer its gallery to self-organized groups of painters, each group numbering eight to twelve artists, for exhibition purposes, the exhibitions to last two weeks. In the present case, the pictures being small, it has been possible to accommodate four groups in the gallery and the exhibition it correspondingly interesting. There is great charm to small pictures. …Perry’s illustration, “Tommy’s Christmas Present”, appeared in the January 3, 1915 Sunday Magazine supplement of many newspapers including the Evening Star and Buffalo Courier.
… The decorative art of Raymond Perry is shown in a number of sketches and drawings …
Ethridge Men Return from the WarAccording to the 1920 census Perry and his wife were Manhattan residents at 159 East 33rd Street. He continued work as a self-employed artist.
The following men have returned to The Ethridge Association of Artists, New York, after having been in the service of their country during the war:
… Raymond Perry, Division Pictorial Publicity.
… Raymond Perry, the artist, who made this design for Advertising & Selling, has an enviable record of achievement. He studied at the Art Institute and Art Academy, Chicago, is a Painter-member of the Salamagundi Club, and has exhibited many times at The Annual Exhibition of American Artists, Society of Chicago Artists and the various New York Galleries. He designed the very beautiful stained glass windows for St. Andrews Church, Pittsburgh, and for the Memorial Library, Hanover, Pa.“The Armco Spirit” was featured on the covers of the company magazine, Armco Bulletin.
Mr. Perry is also a national illustrator of note having long contributed to the more important popular magazines. His unique series for St. Nicholas has been put into book form.
One of the artist’s more recent canvasses was a large oil painting for The American Rolling Mill Company, “The Armco Spirit” was represented in splendid allegory, and Mr. Perry is now in Middletown, as a party to the unveiling of this progressive advertising achievement.
Raymond Perry, an artist with the Ethridge Company, sails today to visit fifteen Italian cities on behalf of one of the company’s client, who is seeking a series of first-hand pen drawings Of certain architectural landmarks in Benito Mussolini’s reborn empire. Mr. Perry will make the drawings on tour, sending them back several at a time. From Italy he will go through the chateau country of France, thence to Paris and London, where he will make a study for the company of England’s poster mediums.A few months later Perry and his wife returned from their European visit. Perry arrived first on June 13, followed by his wife on August 31.
Raymond K. Perry of New York and Brookhaven, an artist of well established reputation, will take pupils at his cottage in Brookhaven this summer, is of much interest to students of the schools in this section who may want to specialize in that line during the summer, and adults as well. Mr. Perry is a painter who has done some very beautiful work in oils and water colors, but who has specialized in applied art and is familiar with the processes of preparing paintings or drawings for the varied needs of publishers and those who make commercial use of art material. He emphasizes a memory drawing method to facilitate the practical application of art work. One of his more recent outstanding products was the numerous set of pictures and ornaments for the New York historical book “Man-a-Hattin”, issued by the Bank of Manhattan Company.
… One other guy I should mention who should be remembered—and was a wonderful man—was Raymond Perry, though I just called him “Mr. Perry.” He was the colorist who worked in the bullpen. He was a fine, old illustrator; a white-haired man that I really looked up to. I felt terrible that someone of his age and illustrious past should be reduced to coloring comics. His desk was very close to mine.The New York Times, February 4, 1934, reviewed the exhibition of work by Brooklyn and Long Island artists at the Brooklyn Museum and said “Among the paintings that might be singled out are … Raymond K. Perry’s ‘New Cycle’ represents a golden-winged, auburn-haired spirit ascending from the corpse of an aged woman. …”
There was a time when I shared an apartment with Mort Meskin and Bernie Klein on 33rd Street, off Third Avenue, and Mr. Perry’s apartment was on 34th Street, off Lexington Avenue, just a block away. Occasionally, I’d walk home with him. I remember one time he gave me a couple of his research books of costumes. He wanted to make sure I was authentic in my research, and at times I’d work closely with him on my “Batman” stories when they were colored. I did color a couple of my stories and some of my covers. When I didn’t color the covers, I worked with Mr. Perry on them. An he didn’t mind that at all. He was very pleased and helpful. …
Raymond Perry, master of classical Illustrations, widely-known in New York, has painted a colorful picture of Mrs. Coburn as Mistress Ford, the leading role in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor,” … Mr. Perry, a water-colorist, has been employed as an illustrator for many advertising companies because of his fine representation of classical subjects. Many portraits of distinguished persons have been executed by Perry’s brush.The New York Post, January 23, 1937, described Perry’s lecture.
A retentive mind is one of the most valuable assets a designer or artist can possess, whether he or she is attending an opening, the horse show, or the opera, having luncheon at the Plaza or studying the windows on Fifth Avenue, or Fifty-seventh Street. If the designer has the faculty for remembering not only the costumes as a whole but the important details, such as a neckline or belt, then assuredly he or she will be among the most successful.Water-colour Painting of To-day (1937) had this assessment of Perry’s “Vulcan at Twilight”.
These are the views of Raymond Perry, who explained methods of memory drawing in a lecture recently at the Traphagen School of Fashion, 1680 Broadway. Mr. Perry is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City, the New York Water Color Club, and the American Water Color Society. His work can be seen in many famous institutions and buildings about the country, such as the Memorial Library in Hanover, Pa., St. Andrews Church in Pittsburgh, [illegible], the Seventh Regiment Armory, Shimer Junior College in Mt. Carol, Ill., and in private collections.
It was Whistler and his friend Joseph Pennell who first helped us to see beauty in chimney stacks. Since then many artists have tried their hands at them. Raymond Perry, American painter, gives us this strong impression of a huge industrial plant somewhere in the United States. The artist has successfully conveyed the idea of a smoke pall in the atmosphere. The bridge and river help to make an interesting composition.Perry illustrated the 1940 book, A Handbook of Company K Seventh Regiment (107th Infantry, N.Y.N.G.).
Death Comes at Concert To Mrs. Raymond PerryThe New York, New York, Marriage License Index, at Ancestry.com, said Perry and Louise M. Wilde obtained a license on December 20, 1945 in Manhattan.
Mrs. Emilie Russell Perry, wife of Raymond Perry, of Brookhaven and New York, died in Carnegie hall, New York, on Friday, being stricken just after arriving at her seat for a symphony concert at 2:30 p. m. She was 71 years old. Her husband, well known as an artist, is production manager of Superman, Inc., in New York.
Mrs. Perry was born in Carrollton, Ill., and attended private schools in Washington. She was a voice pupil of the late Mme. Schoen-Rene and was formerly active in musical circles. She was a member of the American Red Cross during the First World War and in the present war had been active in a number of war and welfare groups, including organizations in Brookhaven.
A talented musician, she had long been prevented from public appearances by ill health.
Besides her husband she leaves two sisters, Miss Caroline Elizabeth Russell of Verona , N. J., and Mrs. Clinton Peters of Newtown, Conn. She lived at 145 East Thirty-fourth street in New York, and on South Country road, Brookhaven, in the old Corwin cottage. Her parents were the late Charles Elmer Russell and Caroline Elizabeth Price.
Raymond Perry DeadOn November 24, 1960, the Patchogue Advance printed an obituary.
Art Editor of Comic Books Designed Church Windows
Raymond Perry, art editor of comic books, painter, designer and book illustrator, died Tuesday night in Dresden Madison Nursing Home at 36 East Sixty-seventh Street. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Perry, who formerly lived at 145 East Thirty-fourth Street, had been art editor of the National Comics Publications, Inc., of 575 Lexington Avenue, for the last twenty years. He also had designed windows for Churches and libraries in Pennsylvania. Portraits by him are in the Seventh Regiment Armory and Fraunces Tavern in New York, and the Poe Cottage in Philadelphia.
He was born in Sterling, Ill., and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Academy of Fine Arts. Mr. Perry was a member of the Salmagundi Club and American Water-color Society.
Raymond Perry Taken by Death at the Age of 84At askART.com is a note from Perry’s nephew, Daniel Aument.
A number of readers noted the death at 84 last Wednesday of Raymond perry, art editor of comic books, painter, designer and book illustrator. He died at the Dresden-Madison Nursing Home, 36 East Sixty-Seventh Street, New York City after a long illness. His hime was at 145 East Thirty-Fourth Street. Funeral services were held Friday at the Universal Chapel, Lexington Avenue and Fifty-Second Street.
Mr. Perry is of particular interest to residents of this area because he and his first wife, Emily, one of the Russell sisters who summered in Brookhaven, lived for many years in the house later bought and still owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olson of South Country Road.
Mr. Perry had been art editor of National Comics Publications, Inc., of 575 Lexington Avenue, for the last 20 years. He also had designed windows for churches, such as those in St. Andrew’s Church, Pittsburgh, and for libraries in Pennsylvania. Portraits by him are in the Seventh Regiment Armory and Fraunces Tavern in New York City and the Poe Cottage in Philadelphia.
He was born in Sterling, Ill., and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Academy of Fine Arts. Mr. Perry was a member of the Salmagundi Club, American Water Color Society and Montclair Art Museum.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mary MacLennan; a daughter, Miss Nancy Farrell; and a brother, Dr. William Perry of Sacramento, Calif.
Uncle Ray was born in Sterling Illinois. In the teens, 20s and 30s, he worked as an illustrator, creating art work for advertising and also illustrations to accompany short stories published in magazines. In the 40s and 50s he worked for National Publications, the creator and publisher of the Superman comics, as their colorist, and I suspect wrote stories and did lettering and some artwork.The Hackensack Record (New Jersey), September 8, 1975, reported the passing of Perry’s second wife.
Perry, Louise M. Wilde, of Verona, N. J., on September 6, 1975. Beloved wife of the late Raymond Perry and mother of Robert W. and Stewart W. Wild, Beatrice W. Logan and Louise Moor Van Vleck. Also survived by eight grandchildren. Funeral services at Grace Episcopal Church, Rutherford, Tuesday [?] P. M. Cremation private. Friends may be received at the John C. Collins Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Ave. Rutherford, Monday 7 to 9 P. M.
Armco Spirit, a painting by Raymond Perry, expresses that indefinable “something” about old Armco. On a huge canvas, the artist's brush created a strong figure of the quintessential happy, self-reliant steel worker. He was, in reality, a composite of 12 men, each from a different department at Armco, and each caught in a photograph from which Perry took certain features. In the background stands the giant steel mill with smoke rising from its stacks. … Armco President, George M. Verity, commissioned the painting, which was unveiled January 9, 1920.The Hamlet People Database