Attributed to Gil Elvgren (1914-1980)
Untitled, ca. 1940s - 1970s
illustration

Although she does not seem to appear on the list of known Gil Elvgren works, it is likely that he sketched this Pilgrim pin-up at some point in his long career.  From the mid 1930s to 1972, Elvgren illustrated hundreds of pictures of coy, curvy ladies, turning everyday girls into full-blown fantasies. He created the red-lipped ladies that led Coca-Cola’s ad campaign for twenty-five years, as well as beauties that filled the pages of McCall’s, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping.  Holidays were particularly opportune for this King of Calendar Girls, allowing him to dish up leggy brunettes like the one we see here.