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March 6, 2011

Gloria Capozzi, Director Program Marketing P: 407.539.2181

The Confident Line: Henry Patrick Raleigh Opens at Art & History Museums Maitland Maitland, Fla. - Opening on Saturday, May 14, Art and History Museums - Maitland presents The Confident Line: Henry Patrick Raleigh in the galleries of the Maitland Art Center. This exhibition of art and history of the renowned magazine illustrator comes from the Henry Raleigh Archive, courtesy of Kate and Chris Raleigh. An exhibition reception will be held Saturday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until September 11. Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880-1944) spent decades navigating high society and portraying opulent life as one of America’s highest paid illustrators. He took his first job as a sketch artist for the San Francisco Examiner. While there, publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst noticed his talent and encouraged him to move to New York City. Raleigh continued newspaper work while also creating illustrations for iconic publications such as Harper's Bazaar, The Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair and Colliers. Some of the greatest writers of the day, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, sought after Raleigh. Fitzgerald even wrote a fan letter saying, "Honestly, I think they're the best illustrations I've ever seen!" -

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Raleigh led a small pack of illustrators in this time called the “Golden Age of American Illustration.” Improvements in printing technology freed illustrators to experiment with color and bold draftsmanship. His “confident line” created a portrait of American aspirations. Art and History Museums, Maitland is proud to exhibit a selection from the Raleigh Archive, courtesy of collectors Kate and Chris Raleigh. Chris, the artist’s grandson, began the collection from a wedding present of several works. It has since grown to include a wealth of material both by and about the artist, including 84 original illustrations, drawings, etchings, lithographs and a personal HPR scrapbook c.1910-1942. Hours for the Galleries located at the Maitland Art Center are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm and is closed major holidays. For more information on this exhibition or additional programming, please visit or call 407.539.2181.


NOTE: For all illustrations: Photo courtesy of The Henry Raleigh Archive, Collection of Kate and Chris Raleigh.

The Confident Line Exhibition 2011 Press Release