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Bob Wilvers. Rediscovered Illustrations.

March 29, 2011

For those of you who are still following me, regarding  the story of Bob Wilvers which I posted

initially here and then here, there is yet a further addition and a surprising happy ending.

After a reader of my blog sent me an image he had of Bobs’ work, I was suddenly gripped

with an urge to see if there was indeed more images to be discovered. I was lucky to be able to track down

Bobs’ daughters Roberta and Tracy, and they very kindly sent me some images of the pieces of their

fathers’ work, that they had in their homes. Such beautiful work should be shared with many and I hope

that by blogging here, we can all appreciate what an amazingly skilled artist he was.

Roberta informed me that ” The images that you have on your blog came from the Ford Times

October 1956. It was an article that was written by my mom and illustrated by my dad.

One of the attached images is also from that piece. The other images are from the August 1957 issue.

The Ford Times had quite a few piecesof my dad’s work. They donated one of the them,

‘ Trinity Church ‘ to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. ”

I love the summery feel to his watercolours above and perhaps later images below where Bobs’ style

has developed and flourished into new areas.

My favourites however are still his beautiful landscapes, their rich colours and textures.

Sincere thanks again to both Roberta and Tracy for kindly allowing us access to the images above.

Amazingly, I’ve just managed to find an online copy of the Ford Times magazine October 1956

for sale, which features some of Bobs’ work. So a little piece of Mr Wilvers will live in my home too.

Many thanks to Marilyn for sending this image of two paintings of Bob’s that she saw an antique show

approx 10-12 years ago in the booth of W M Schwind Jr Antiques of Yarmouth, ME. They were marked $3500 each.

Another update (April 2017), just in from Tracy, who’s really enjoying seeing images of her dad’s work appear here. She sent me a link to the painting of Trinity Church at the Smithsonian (but not hanging at present). Another beauty, thanks Tracy.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2011 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these Craig!! If I run across any more I will send them to you.

    • April 3, 2011 5:44 pm

      It wouldn’t have been possible without yourself and Tracy, so thanks to you, we all get a treat 🙂 thanks again

  2. Marilyn Calderwood permalink
    August 30, 2012 7:30 pm

    I was fortunate to see two of Mr Wilvers’ Wall Street watercolors at an antique show
    in Washington, D C about 10 years ago. Still kicking myself for not purchasing them
    but did take photos and kept them. Loved reading your article! Marilyn C

    • August 31, 2012 9:04 am

      Hi Marilyn, I’d love to see the pics if you have them as a digital copy that you could send ? Bob’s work is amazing. Thanks for your comment

      • Marilyn Calderwood permalink
        August 31, 2012 2:15 pm

        Will scan and email photos to you upon my return from vacation
        on Sept 8.

      • permalink
        September 9, 2012 9:21 pm

        Attaching a photo of the two watercolors seen at an antique show approx 10-12 years ago in the booth of W M Schwind Jr Antiques of Yarmouth, ME. They were marked $3500 each. Cheers! Marilyn

      • September 9, 2012 10:36 pm

        Hi Marilyn

        Thanks for remembering me, I’ve now updated the blog post to include the image you sent. Great to see how bright his colours are in real life.

        Much obliged for finding that and sending it over, hope you had a lovely holiday.

        Warm regards


  3. August 31, 2012 4:08 pm

    Thanks Marilyn That would be great. Happy Holidays in the meantime. Craig

  4. October 15, 2014 4:54 pm

    Beautiful paintings.

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