San Francisco 1916-22. As a member of the art staff of H.K. McCann advertising Company in San Francisco from 1916-22, Kearfott produced illustrations and covers for national magazines and posters for organizations including the Red Cross.
Fine Art Makes Fine Advertising (RJR Report, 3rd Quarter, 1945) includes the Del Monte advertising illustration called The Modern Genie of the Can. The caption reads “Robert R. Kearfott (1890-1969) was sought after by Collier’s and
other mass-audience magazines from about 1930 to 1950. He painted the somewhat whimsical piece for Del Monte in 1918.” It is believed this piece is now held in a private collection.
The frontispiece reads “Our Cover: Out of the Spirit of ’49 by California artist Robert Kearfott, originally appeared as the illustration for a Del Monte advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post.” A mural-sized copy of the original painting hangs on the wall of Del Monte Corporation’s San Francisco headquarters.