Ask the Experts: Ross ‘Sacred Heart’ could draw up $1,200




I have a drawing from Alex Ross. I will like to know the value. The artist, again, is Alex Ross Sharpe and the drawing is of a Sacred Heart.

I’m sending some pictures of it if you could help me to find how much is worth.

— S.O., via email

A Alexander Sharpe Ross (1909-1990) (also known as Alex Ross and Alexander Ross) was an American illustrator during the 1950s and ’60s who described his work as “Inventive Realism.” His illustrations have appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Ladies Alex Ross_Sacred HeartHome Journal and Good Housekeeping. He also designed a postage stamp in 1969 for the centennial of the Cincinnati Reds.

Ross worked in oils, watercolors, serigraphs, pastels and acrylics.

Alexander Ross had a deep interest in religious art and was commissioned by the Mormon Church to depict the prophets and designed stained glass windows for a Danbury, Connecticut, church. During the past several years a number of his watercolors on paper and gouache on board have sold at auction in the range of $260 to $1,600; his magazine cover illustrations have sold as high as $21,500.

There is, however, very little information available about his drawings, particularly the illustrations he produced for three religious books.

Without knowing the size of your drawing, or being able to read the inscription, and based on current prices for Ross’ work, I would estimate the value of this piece at $800 to $1,200 at auction.


LET-Q I cannot find any information on the artist John Clymer (not John Ford Clymer).

Where is he from? How old is he? Is he still alive? He does impressionist painting, and I have one of his paintings and would like to know more about him. I’ve been to Ask Art [] many times, and they don’t have any information on his life.


— C.P., via email

A John Ford Clymer is well known for his painting of the American West and nature; he also did Impressionist painting.

There is another artist named John Clymer whose work has sold at auction and has often been mistakenly sold on-line and at auction as John Ford Clymer. Your John Clymer lives in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, and he has painted landscapes and Impressionist views. There is a gallery named Gallery at Well Sweep ( that hosts a page by this artist. You might try a search on that site, or try contacting the artist by mail with a photo of your painting for verification.

Contact The Gallery at Well Sweep by writing to 584 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH 03244, or by calling 603-464-6585.

Good luck.