An imaginative pictorial take on a canine world.

A Dog’s Idea of the Ideal Country Estate.

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Cartographer(s): John Held Jr.
Date: 1931
Place: England
Dimensions: 19 x 26.5 cm (7.5 x 10.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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A whimsical c. 1931 pictorial map by John Held, Jr., depicting an ideal world from a dog’s point of view.

A rare map to begin with, this is the only example we know of with color instead of black and white. It seems to have appeared in several publications, including Country Life Magazine, but the pagination shown here and the illustration on the verso also differ from other examples that have been sold in recent years. This drawing was published near the peak of Held’s career when his work regularly appeared in The New Yorker.


John Held Jr.

John Held Jr. (1889-1958) was a prominent American illustrator and cartoonist who came to define the Roaring Twenties with his vibrant depictions of the era. He’s best remembered for his iconic representations of the “flapper” and the “sheik”, symbols of the liberated young woman and man of the 1920s. These illustrations, characterized by bobbed hair, short skirts, and a carefree spirit, encapsulated the essence of the Jazz Age. Held’s artistry was not just limited to these depictions; he showcased his versatility through woodcuts, cartoons, and even sculpture. His works were widely celebrated, gracing the covers of major magazines like “Life”, “Vanity Fair”, and “The New Yorker”.

Beyond his solo endeavors, Held often collaborated with his wife, Myrtle Held, forming a dynamic artistic duo that contributed significantly to his storied career. Their combined creativity captured the changing societal norms and youth culture of their time. Today, John Held Jr.’s illustrations serve as a vivid window into the 1920s and 30s, providing a blend of humor, observation, and cultural commentary that continues to resonate with modern audiences.

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