Cover Collection: A Leyendecker Easter

Happy Easter from The Saturday Evening Post! This gallery features Easter illustrations by our most prolific cover artist, J.C. Leyendecker.


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Artist J.C. Leyendecker was known for painting rosy-cheeked tots, handsome young men, and women dressed in finery. Easter provided the perfect backdrop for Leyendecker to show off his very best work.

The Easter bunny is barely out of the picture (literally) when along comes this adorable little girl in her Easter finery hunting colored eggs. Spring flowers, bunnies and Easter treats – what more can we want? Well, maybe a little help with the hunt.


Cherub Trying on Easter Bonnet

It’s all about the hat – and not just for big girls. Leyendecker was famous for his cherubs, especially for New Year’s covers. But this little cutie was an Easter angel, and had every intention of dressing the part.


Now that’s a chapeau! When both of you are looking this scrumptious, it’s only your right, nay your duty, to strut around town and show off your finery. This is from 1912.


The women weren’t the only ones to spruce up for Easter. Looking as fine as the profusion of spring flowers is this dapper gent in silk top hat, morning jacket, and gloves.


It’s all about the hat. Trying on Easter bonnets is this lady from 1920. Leyendecker enjoyed contrasting, shall we say, zaftig matrons with slim young ladies.


Looks like Rover has the knack. Spotting the eggs hiding beneath the tulips for these cute tots, the dog is having as much fun as the children. Did the mutt sniff out the eggs…or bunny tracks?


Descriptions courtesy of Diana Denny.


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  1. These really are some of Leyendecker’s best; but of course he had wonderful covers for most of the holidays throughout the year.

    I really love the 1912 cover for its beauty, and because I like the classy look of The Edwardian era. ’12 was one of the first years you can tell it’s definitely the 20th century, with ties to the 19th fading. They were about to really fade with World War I looming in the not so distant future.

    Love ‘Easter 1920’ a lot. It has a sense of humor to it, yet Leyendecker is still very respectful of the older woman. I love the young woman’s look. Her hair has his trademark ‘sculptured’ look, and the black dress every crinkle and shadow. She’s very pretty too.

    As far as the 1933 on the bottom goes, the dog’s body language and gleam in his eye tell me he’s about 2 seconds away from getting those Easter eggs for himself——and the boy knows it!

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