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 Henry Richard Boehm  (1870 - 1914)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: magazine and calendar illustration, still life and animal painting, panoramas

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Following is a copy of the entry of Henry Boehm in the Stratemeyer Syndicate Illustrators Directory by James D. Keeline.

Boehm, Henry Richard (1870-1 Feb 1914). Born in Illinois and letters addressed to 105 W. 40th St (Tilden Blvd.), New York City, NY in 1910. He was listed in the New York City Directory for 1909-10 working at 43 W. 27th. He committed suicide at his home in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

Stratemeyer was very pleased to find Boehm and had nothing but praise for him.

"I have struck a crackerjack artist down in New York.... He used to work altogether for the magazines and he does wonderful heads of women for calendars and the like, but he fell right into the juvenile pictures and he says he enjoys doing them. His faces are perfect types, every one of them. His prices are not high, considering the results. I am going to get him to do my next “Rover Boys.” [9 Dec 1910]

Stratemeyer also stated that Boehm “used to make a specialty of women’s heads for fashion journals and also did a great deal of newspaper work.” [15 Mar 1911] Boehm illustrated for Cosmopolitan (including a short story called “Girl of the Middle-West,” March 1906, 40:517-24) and other magazines. He also did a Rover Boys poster in 1911.

Stratemeyer not only praised him, he urged his publishers to use his work. He stated that the Boehm illustrations were “the best pictures we have ever had in a low-priced juvenile and better than many pictures in the high-priced books.” [9 Feb 1911] Boehm signed his lesser-quality works as “Richard” according to a letter from Stratemeyer to Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.

"I called on Mr. Boehm yesterday...eight illustrations...$15 each.... He is doing quite some work for the other houses, but is continually looking out for something better. He does not sign all the cheap pictures, and some of those he does sign are marked “Richard,” which is his first name. The other publishers I do business with simply pub “illustrated” on the title page instead of mentioning the artist’s name."

Don’t get the idea that Mr. Boehm is altogether a cheap man. I saw a picture he did for Holt and he told me the price was $50. He makes beautiful women’s heads, for magazines, fashion plates, and for book jackets, and if you ever want a really striking head for a book look over what he has on hand by all means. This high grade work is all done from models. [16 Nov 1911]

Boehm was characterized by Stratemeyer as “the well-known artist” in a letter to Graham & Matlack and he added that Boehm did illustrations for books published by “Appleton, Holt, Cupples & Leon, Grosset & Dunlap, and many other houses and magazines.” [17 Jan 1912] Another letter indicated that he did work for Frank Munsey along with several of Stratemeyer’s Dave Porter books, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard and that Boehm had done Colonial work before he received the commission to illustrate one of the Pioneer Boys books. [20 Mar 1913].


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.....Henry Richard Boehm (1870 - 1914) 1870 (Illinois)- 1914 (suicide) by 1905 had moved to New York. He lived in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in Westchester County near Ossining. He is listed in the 1910 NY Census with his wife and adopted daughter. He was an artist of some note whose work appeared on the covers and inside several magazine like COSMOPOLITAN, LESLIE'S WEEKLY, PEARSON'S, and LADIES' WORLD. He received strong praise from the editors of COSMOPOLITAN who claimed to have "discovered" Boehm. Despite this apparent success, he committed suicide on February 1, 1914. 

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