Dean Cornwell (1880-1960)
A student of both Harvey Dunn and British muralist Frank Brangwyn, Dean Cornwell had a long and successful career as an illustrator, beginning with a number of serialized novels throughout the 1920’s and early 1930’s. His versatility made him a perfect choice for such multi-picture commissions—Cornwell was equally at home illustrating romantic, adventure or religious stories. He had a perfectionist streak in him, doing preliminary studies for much of his work. After his tenure with Brangwyn, Cornwell returned to this country and subsequently completed a number of major murals of his own. 

It's Hard to Explain Murder

1920

Oil on canvas, 28 inches x 36 inches
"Find the Woman," Arthur Somer Roche, Cosmopolitan, January 1921