We thought we might bring you a new series of posts on celebrated artists who have introduced mermaids into their body of work. We thank our friend Nick for alerting us to this absolute sumptuous piece in pastel by Australian Hollywood artist Henry (O'Hara) Clive. We couldn't find much information on him or indeed the piece – we think it's a cover called "The Mermaid" from the American Weekly magazine (26 March 1939).
There are variations on the spelling of his name so we've got little to go on. However, we did find this one piece so if you want to read more about Henry go to the grapefruitmoongallery website.