People at the Table
oil on illustration board
15 1/4 x 9 inches
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After completing high school, Mead Schaeffer enrolled in the Pratt Institute in 1916. At Pratt, his teachers included Harvey Dunn and Charles Chapman. While a student there, Schaeffer illustrated the first of seven Golden Boy books written by L.P. Wyman.
In 1922, at age 24, Schaeffer was hired to illustrate a series of classic novels for publisher Dodd Mead. His work for Dodd Mead continued until 1930. The books that he illustrated during this period included Moby Dick, Typee, and Omoo by Herman Melville, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, and Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
During the 1930s and ’40s, Schaeffer received commissions from magazines including Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Country Gentleman, and Cosmopolitan. He produced 46 covers for the weekly Saturday Evening Post.