East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Dean Cornwell


It usually starts with a painting. I chance upon an image somewhere and I decide to learn more about the artist.
In this case, the image is this one…


… and the artist is Dean Cornwell (1892-1960), an illustrator for a number of American magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
He had started as a cartoonist for the Chicago Herald, and was also a respected muralist.

Here is a small selection of his art.

As usual, click on a thumbnail to see a larger view.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Dean Cornwell

  1. Fantastically detailed artwork. I could see this guy doing artwork for the old Conan paperback covers.

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    • And yet as far as I know he never did fantasy art.
      But he was very good with both historical and exotic scenes, and he would certainly have been up to the job.


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