Gun Crew Loading a 5" 38 Caliber Gun, McClelland Barclay, oil on canvas, 1940-42
McClelland Barclay (1891–1942) was an American painter of pinup art. Born in St. Louis in 1891, Barclay studied first at the Art Institute of Chicago, then later at the Art Students League in New York City, under George Bridgman and Thomas Fogarty. By the time he was 21, Barclay's work had been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan.
In 1917, during World War I he was awarded a prize by the Committee on National Preparedness for his poster Fill the Breach. The next year, he designed naval camouflage under the direction of William Mackay, chief of the New York District Emergency Fleet Corporation.
During the 1920s and 1930s, McClelland Barclay's images were selected for use by art directors for the nation's most popular periodicals including Collier's, Country Gentleman, Redbook, Pictorial Review, Coronet, Country Life, The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, and a host of movie magazines. He began painting movie poster art for Hollywood studios during the 1930s as well and was considered a superstar in the film industry. (Wikipedia)