Inventory

"SERIES OF 25 VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM F. HARRAH"


HOYNE Thomas Maclay (Chicago 1924 - 1989)


Mixed technique on paper: 33.5 x 43.5 cm / 13.2 x 17.1 ins
Nine signed lower middle, seven lower right, four lower left, one middle right and one middle left

Provenance: American School


Exhibitions: Chicago


Literature: The Berko Archives


Artist Biography: These 25 paintings (mixed media, signed and measuring 34 x 45 cm each) depict automobiles from 1901-1937.

The automobiles illustrated in the paintings were part of the William F. Harrah (Harrah's Casino) collection during the 1960s and 1970s. By the time of his death in 1978, Bill Harrah had assembled the largest and most historically significant collection of antique cars in the world. In total, his collection reached approximately 1,400 vehicles. Most of his automobiles were sold in the 1980s but his legacy lives on at the National Automobile Museum.

One can assume that Mr. Harrah hired Thomas Maclay Hoyne to paint some of his favorite cars for him.

This is an intriguing collection of artworks of pre-war automobiles and an historical documentation of the automobile industry.

For much of his career, Thomas Maclay Hoyne was a commercial artist in Chicago, working for big companies such as Jolly Green Giant and Charmin. He also painted landscapes, cars and airplanes and did 16 portraits of Nobel Prize for Science winners. Then in mid-life, after cancer diagnosis, he decided to follow his long time interest in marine art, something he did until his death in 1989.


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