Lost Art #5 The Brilliant Lawrence Sterne Stevens

“Just Call Me Lawrence”

The Eye of Balamok from June, 1949 issue of Fantastic Novels MagazineLawrence Sterne Stevens, son of a preacher of the same name, signed his work just “Lawrence”. The art directors and publishers who commisioned his work must of felt they were getting their money’s worth. For craftsmanship and technique he can’t be beat. But let’s not ignore the artistry. I think we can call him a master artist. He certainly used a lot of ink. His color painting were fantastically great too! Here are some interior black and white work I’ve recently scanned and cleaned up for your perusal.

And click on the thumbnails to really appreciate the works.

Gift of Zar from Other Worlds, June 1955

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Torch from Fantastic Novels Magazine, April 1951

The Second Deluge from Fantastic Novels Magazine, July 1948

The Middle Bedroom from Fantastic Novels Magazine, March 1948

Finis from Fantastic Novels Magazine, July 1948

2 Responses to “Lost Art #5 The Brilliant Lawrence Sterne Stevens”

  • One of my favorite artists. Comparable to the master — Virgil Finlay.

  • Rick says:

    Agreed. Beautiful work by both. I think Lawrence might have a slight edge over Finlay in technique, but Finlay has him on style. Of course this is art we’re talking about and style is pretty subjective. Look for more Lost Art postings about both artists.

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