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It is sometimes difficult to tell which illustrations were done my FX Leyendecker and those done my his older brother JC because they did so much together. Lived together, traveled to Paris to study art together, partied in the gay life together, and even painted together in the same style. JC got most of the credit and finally FX got the shaft caused by a territorial battle between Frank and Charles Beach, JCs long-time lover.  Frank died one year later ( age 47) of morphine overdose in the unfinished garage apartment of Norman Rockwell.

Couple Kissing at Piano (1907). Frank X. Leyendecker (1876-1924). The Saturday Evening Post, July 27, 1907.

FX Leyendecker was the younger brother of the longer lived and more prolific JC Leyendecker. In reality, FX paved the way for JC. He was every bit as colorful, creative, entertaining and flamboyant as his older brother, with an impressive catalog including posters, cover art, book plates, advertising, and more. His covers for Vanity Fair, the humor Life, and Vogue are stand-outs.

Collier’s, December 12, 1902. Special Fiction Number. Artist: Frank X. Leyendecker. 

19th-century dandy standing by the fire, leaning on the arm of a chair as he reads a book.

FX (1876 - 1924), considered “the lesser” Leyendecker, as he was the younger brother of the longer lived and more prolific JC Leyendecker.

FX was every bit as colorful, creative, entertaining and flamboyant as JC, with an impressive catalog, including magazine covers like this Collier’s.