An Affair with Beauty – The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: The Magic of Youth

“The artist Howard Chandler Christy, most well-known for creating the ‘Christy Girl,’ was an artist famous in the early 1900s. While his name may be lesser known these days, his influence was felt far and wide, helping to frame the ideal image of female beauty for the time … There aren’t many books that focus on Christy’s life and so An Affair with Beauty is a welcome addition … The narrative … is engaging … A great read … .”

The Portland Book Review

A “sumptuous novel. … The combination of novelistic insights and a wealth of straight-up biographical detail, ordinarily a very tricky thing to do well, is something Head does with remarkable confidence, bringing alive the frustrations and triumphs of a man who was once the most popular and sought-after artist in the United States. The reproductions of Christy’s artwork scattered throughout the book adds a great deal to the texture of the story. I greatly look forward to the next volume.”
Historical Novel Society

Five Stars

Manhattan Book Review

Glamour, fashion, fame, and scandal – venture into the world of the Jazz Age’s artistic elite in the first biographical novel on Howard Chandler Christy, the most famous painter of that fascinating era.

An Affair With Beauty

On behalf of The Leopard at des Artistes and Author James Philip Head

You are Invited to the Book Launch Party


The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy
The Magic of Youth

Friday, August 12, 2016

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 The Leopard at des Artistes

1 W. 67th Street

New York, NY 10023

Mr. Head will be signing copies of his book, The Magic of Youth, the first volume in a biographical trilogy on the legendary artist titled An Affair with Beauty – The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy. Hear the author talk about Christy’s famous nude murals at The Leopard, plus some untold history will be revealed.  

New Biographical Novel Reveals the Mysterious Life of Howard Chandler Christy

Washington, DC (August 12, 2016) — Readers of historical fiction and nonfiction works alike will not want to miss out on book one of the new trilogy An Affair with Beauty – The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: The Magic of Youth. With the help of the late Christy’s wife, Nancy, a former Cosmopolitan model, author James Phillip Head shares intimate details of his illustrious artistic career and intriguing life.

This captivating novel begins with exploring how Howard Chandler Christy achieved the American Dream and attained fame, most notably for his creation of the “Christy Girl” and his diverse depictions of United States history through artworks. As the novel progresses, a closer look is taken into the exclusive inside world of Howard Chandler Christy that proves just as scandalous as it is glamorous. Throughout the various scandals, Christy never lost his natural eye for beauty and continued to use it to guide him artistically and fill him with a zest for life unmatched by any artist since.

The Magic of Youth, book one in the An Affair with Beauty – The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy trilogy, recounts the early years of Christy’s epic life, and emphasizes the role he played in capturing the pulse of American society through art, while fashioning a clear image of feminine beauty during the Jazz Age. While youth may not last forever, Howard Chandler Christy’s timeless influence on American culture indelibly remains.

An Affair with Beauty – The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy: The Magic of Youth will be available everywhere books are sold on August 12, 2016.

About the Author

As a freshman at the University of Maryland, Jim Head discovered a gilt-edged folio of Charles Dana Gibson’s The Social Ladder in the stacks of the campus library one night, starting him on a journey to learn more about Gibson and the “Illustrators of Beauty.” In turn, he became captivated with the talent, fame and eventual obscurity of Howard Chandler Christy, and began amassing the largest private collection of information related to the artist and his wife, Nancy. Over the years, to reveal the true untold story, he has engaged research assistants, uncovered thousands of letters and newspaper articles, and traveled throughout the US to interview dozens of people, including family members, former models, and others who knew the artist and his family. Head is a lawyer in Tysons Corner, Virginia where he concentrates in estate planning and trust and estate litigation. He lives in Chantilly, Virginia with his wife, Rita, and daughter, Christianna.

North Loop Books
ISBN: 978-1-63413-882-6
Page Count: 292
Release Date: 8/12/16
Price: $23.00