by Rico Tomaso (American, 1898-1985).
Tomaso began his career as a musician and met drummer Dean Cornwell, later one of America’s most accomplished illustrators. Cornwell encouraged Tomaso to move from the piano to painting and he went on to produce cover and article artwork for The Ladies’ Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post, among other magazines and books. Here he depicts the emotional appeal of a wedding in the early American wilderness. Pilgrims were married in a civil ceremony presided over by the colony’s governor, rather than in a church.