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 John Wesley Blomshield  (1895 - 1953)

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Lived/Active: New York/Michigan / Netherlands      Known for: portrait pen and ink drawing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Blomshield was an American artist best known for his drawing of Ernest Hemingway that appeared on the inside cover of Hemingway’s book The Sun Also Rises.  Bob and Muriel Hemingway became friends with John Blomshield in Paris in 1925.  He did drawings of them both.

The drawing has been described as "obscure" and Blomshield described as a "shadowy figure" (Voss, 20) who trained in New York City at the Art Students League and who went to Europe about 1923.  During is two or three year stay there, he did some writing on early Italian Renaissance art and architecture for Arts magazine. "Just how he met Hemingway and why he did his portrait in 1925 are both unclear, and not too long after the drawing was completed, he set out for India.  Befdore leaving, he gave the drawing to Hemingway, inscribing it 'to Ernest Hemingway/from John Blomshield/Paris 1925' ". (Voss, 20).

In the fall of 1926, it was on the book jacket of Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.  However, Hemingway seems to have disliked his portrait and "groused about it" to his editor at Scribner and Sons.

The question is: if Hemingway disliked the portrait, why did he use it on the book?

Frederick Voss, Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time
"John Blomshield", Jazz Age Diva, //

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