Monday, 15 July 2019

James Allen St. John - part 3

James Allen St. John (1872 Chicago – 1957 Chicago) was an American author, artist and illustrator. He is especially remembered for his illustrations for the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though he illustrated works of many types. He taught at the Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art. He is considered by many to be 'The Godfather of Modern Fantasy Art'. His most famous disciples were Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta, the latter of whom has also been styled as the grandmaster of the Genre.


St. John's artistic career began in 1898. He studied at the Art Students League of New York. This was followed by his first commercial relationship with the New York Herald. During this period he spent time in Paris from 1906 to 1908 at the Académie Julian, then moved to Chicago around 1912 and would eventually live at Tree Studios art colony until his death. While in Chicago he became close friends with artist Louis Grell. Here he began his work with the publisher A.C. McClurg & Co., although he had already produced his best-known work for this publisher back in 1905, “The Face in the Pool,” which he had both written and illustrated.

This is part 3 of a 5-part series on the works of James Allen St. John. For earlier works, see parts 1 & 2 also.



1920 Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burrroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1920 Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burrrough

1920 Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burrrough

1921 Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1921 Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1921 The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 cover by J. Allen St. John

1921 The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1922 At the Earth's Core
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:


1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John


1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover  artwork by J. Allen St. John

1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
"The Monkeys Threw Down Cocoanuts"

1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
"
The Ship was Jammed Between High Rocks"

1922 At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
"
They Made off in a Raft of Casks"


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1922 Square Deal Sanderson by Charles Alden Seltzer
cover by J. Allen St. John

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion
cover by J. Allen St. John

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion 
cover illustration by J. Allen St. John

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion 

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion 

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion 

1922 Tarzan and the Golden Lion 

1922 The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
artwork by J. Allen St. John

1922 The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1922 The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1922 The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1923 A Bacchante oil on board 121.9 x 243.8 cm
 ( after Arthur Wardle - see below )

A Bacchante by Arthur Wardle 1909

1923 Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1923 Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1923 Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1924 Tarzan and the Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1924 Tarzan and the Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
cover by J. Allen St. John

1924 The Land that Time Forgot
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

The Land that Time Forgot
cover by J.Allen St. John

The Land that Time Forgot

The Land that Time Forgot
"At sight of me a huge thing charged and climbed to the deck"

The Land that Time Forgot
"There were all sorts and conditions of horrible things; huge, hideous, grotesque monsters"

The Land that Time Forgot
"The thing didn't mess me by a dozen feet"

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1925 The Cave Girl by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 cover artwork by J. Allen St. John

1925 The Cave Girl by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 cover by J. Allen St. John

1926 The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1926 The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover artwork by J. Allen St. John

1926 The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by J. Allen St. John

1928 Tarzan Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover by  J. Allen St. John

1928 Tarzan Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover artwork by  J. Allen St. John

1928 Tarzan Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1928 Tarzan Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Master Mind of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs:

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
cover artwork by J. Allen St. John

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
cover by J. Allen St. John

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1928 The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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