WORKS OF ART BY JEREMIAH DONOVAN (1916 – 1982)
Jeremiah (Jere) Donovan was an artist and cartographer who trained at the Pratt Institute and the Art Student’s League in New York City. Donovan worked as an free-lance artist for Time, Inc. from 1946-1951, after which he was hired as a staff artist/cartographer for Time Magazine. In the late 1960’s he was promoted to head of the cartography department at Time, and he remained at the magazine until his retirement in 1973. During his career he published over 1300 drawings in Time Magazine, including a widely recognized cover illustration of the structure of the DNA. A detailed map that Donovan drew of the Berlin Wall was frequently copied and eventually was used by the German Government. Jere Donovan loved to sketch and spent many hours in Central Park sketching visitors and objects. Donovan greatly admired the work of Jules Pascin and Toulouse Lautrec and his work reflects their influence. He chose as his subject matter everyday people, rather than professional models or socialites. His fluid and expressive drawing style enabled him to convey the moods inherent in a wide variety of subjects including nudes, landscapes, genre scenes, or still life. Jere Donovan’s work was highly sought after by commercial firms and a list of his clients include J. Wiley & Sons, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, The New York Times, and Popular Science. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and exhibited at Wehye Gallery in New York City. Donovan was listed in Who Was Who in the East. Jere Donovan lived in both New York City and Martha’s Vinyard, and took his subject matter from both locations. The drawings exhibited vary in size from approximately 11″ X 14″ to 3″ X 5″ and we have quite a few non-color drawings (many nudes, landscapes and genre scenes). The scans have some discoloration which generally does not appear on the drawings. Contact us for further information and prices.