Henry Gilbert Darling was born Feb. 5, 1901 in Wellington, New Zealand and
grew up in Redlands, California. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, later worked at
Patterson & Sullivan( later named Patterson & Hall) in San Francisco until 1939, then free-lanced in New York City until the late 1950s. He ended his career at the Bates advertising agency in New York at the age of 83. He was vice president of the Society of Illustrators in 1953 and 1954.
He died in Toms River New Jersey on July 2, 1990
Collier's was a very popular weekly, particularly in the mid-twentieth century, with its own stable of freelance illustrators. They were as different in their styles and approach to illustration as was Collier's and the Saturday Evening Post and Gil Darling from Norman Rockwell. Click on these images to enlarge them.
Close-up. I don't think Saturday Evening Post readers would tolerate this type of sexy image. From Collier's issue of 3 January 1953.
Notice how the young women look so much alike. He must have used only one model. Rockwell would have been more thorough.