ASC Logo

ASC Logo

In 1946 the ASC Logo appeared on club documents and on the cover of the Annual Report.

Sugartown First Edition, a black and white parti dog was chosen by world renown artist Paul Brown as his model for the classic cocker head in a series of illustrations drawn for the Gaines Dog Research Center.
Sugartown First Edition
Sugartown First Edition

Through the years the drawing lost detail through scanning over and over again. This problem, coupled with outdated printing technology, no longer rendered the image as the artist intended. At the July 2003 meeting, the Board of Directors voted to refresh the ASC logo by capturing the original head study and adding the year ASC was founded.

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

Paul Brown Paul Brown (1893 - 1958) was born in Mapleton, Minnesota and his family moved often when he was a child, finally settling in New York City when he was 8 or 9 years old. He told his host on a radio interview held many years later, "One day in 1904, I got 50 cents someplace and went over to the National Horse Show at the old Madison Square Garden and saw 'fine leppers' (a term used for jumpers) as we called them, and thoroughbreds for the first time." From then on, he was hooked on drawing horses. Bored by studies, he admitted to being a poor student and finished only part of the course at The High School of Commerce in New York City, as he was more interested in drawing than arithmetic and English so at age 17, he left high school to found his own commercial art business on 106th Street. His early clients included Harper and Collier's magazines and the New York Times. He worked until WWI when he joined the Army and served overseas and upon his return, set up his art business on 7th Avenue. After he married, he set up his studio in a corner of their living room and he devoted his time to traveling to the polo matches, horse shows and race meets learning the genre he was so in love with that replaced his earlier commercial work. He produced the illustrations for David Gray's works published in 1929 and he eventually wrote or illustrated over a dozen books and executed several aquatints for The Derrydale Press in the 30's and 40's. In the early 30's he began his association with the famed Brooks Brothers, which lasted until his death in 1958, and this was his greatest body of commercial artwork. As his family grew, so did his interest in children's books and he wrote and illustrated some 18-19 himself and also illustrated numerous children's books by other noted authors. In the 1940's he illustrated and wrote books with the publishers Scribner’s and Dodd, Mead & Co. At the onset of WW2 however, he felt he had to do his part for the country. During the second WW he produced illustrations used in War Bond advertisements and wrote and illustrated two military books that were reprinted several times. He was also very active with volunteer work.

During the 1950's he continued his prolific commercial book illustration but suffered a heart attack in 1956. Despite his doctors' advice to slow down he pressed on and wrote and/or illustrated five more books including his last, published by Van Nostrand. On Christmas, 1958, he passed away from a second heart attack. During his career he wrote and illustrated 32 books and illustrated over 100 books written by others. The Sportsman with his artwork was used in various American Horse Show Association pamphlets and in countless private, regional and national horse show event programs. In 1929 his painting of Villy Barton, the famous steeplechase horse, was on the cover of Time magazine. His work is still quite popular with collectors today, perhaps even more so than when it was produced and he was considered a master equine artist. The illustrations used by the ASC were created for the Gaines Dog Research Center in White Plains, NY.

Contributed by Michael Allen.

ASC Flushing Spaniel Show The 2016 ASC Annual Flushing Spaniel Show

will be held January, 2016

in Knoxville, Tennessee

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