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Stevens Lawerence Sterne

Year working: 1884 - 1960

Lawrence Sterne Stevens was born in Pontiac (Michigan) in 1884, the son of a Reverend and was the youngest of seven children. At the age of 21 he worked for the Minneapolis Journal, in part as a cartoonist. He also took evening classes at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. In 1910 he moved to Belgium to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. It is to be assumed that he supported himself by selling art, but this was disrupted by the First War when he fled to Britain. Here he joined the U.S. Navy where he was a cartographer and served at the Front. After the War he returned to Belgium studying at Academie Royale des Beaux Arts, Brussels. From 1925 to 1937 he worked as a designer/illustrator for General Motors in Brussels and Antwerp. During this period he produced some superb Art Deco advertisements. It is assumed he came back to the Britain as we see examples of advertising artwork for Lockheed (Automotive Products), from 1937 to 1938. This work is of high quality but very staid, compared with his art of a few years earlier. It is recorded that he moved back to the U.S. in 1939 and in 1941 commenced his career as an illustrator for pulp fiction magazines. These being soft back cheap publications with racy action stories. He signed his pulp art ‘Lawrence’ because he did not want to embarrass his Reverend father of the same name. He died in 1960.

1926 French Buick advertisement

1931 GermanChevrolet poster

1931 Buick advertisement

1931 Buick advertisent.

1937 Lockheed advertsement - showroom scene. Published in The Autocar magazine 30 April 1937.

1938 Lockheed advertisement

1938 Lockheed advertisement drawing room scene

Autocar 8 April 1938 showing slotted shoes advertisement for Lockheed brakes