Gurney Journey: Leyendecker’s “First Long Suit”

One of the original paintings for sale in today’s Heritage Auction of American art is First Long Suit by J.C. Leyendecker.

The mother sits misty-eyed as a tailor sizes up a young man for his first long suit. Leyendecker took great care with the textures of the fabric and the surfaces for the furniture.

The magazine cover came out in September, 1937, at the height of Leyendecker’s prowess as a painter.


Heritage Auction of American art is today, May 10. The catalog includes full-page reproductions of J.C. Leyendecker, Maurice Sendak, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Maynard Dixon and is available here.

Thanks, Meagan McMillan