The Gallery — 1910s

Classic Authors Illustrated: Rudyard Kipling

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Classic Authors Illustrated: Rudyard Kipling

Considering the fact that, to date, I already offer three prints of illustrations from Kipling's works, (with a fourth on the way very soon,) I felt inspired to write this blog entry to discuss the topic a bit more in depth. While I haven't been able to find many details on Rudyard Kipling's direct relationship with, and attitude towards, the many illustrations that graced his work, (as I did with my article on Robert Louis Stevenson,) there are a couple things that I found surprising. Firstly, I assumed that F. H. Townsend was the only illustrator on The Brushwood Boy,...

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Horses in Vintage Art: a Top 5 List (1896-1932)

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Horses in Vintage Art: a Top 5 List (1896-1932)

For us horse lovers, one of the things we miss the most while we are in quarantine is to visit our local stables. I know I do. So today I felt inspired to revisit this old love of mine in the hopes that soon we can all go out safely. In the meantime, enjoying vintage images of horses is always a fun thing to do. This isn't the first time I've written about horses. Early last year, I experimented with blog entries consisting of wordless image compilations. The first such entry was about horses, and you'll see many more images...

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The Art of Century Magazine (1881-1921)

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The Art of Century Magazine (1881-1921)

Although Century Magazine was primarily a literary magazine, and from its early years was firmly established as such, the sheer volume of illustrations and advertisements make it a treasure trove of magazine art. Today we will be exploring this art and discussing how Century's changes in literary direction and readership have affected the visual art contained therein. For the sake of brevity, I'll only be focusing on the years 1881-1921, although the magazine itself continued until 1930. Prior to being renamed The Century, it was called Scribner's Monthly Magazine, (not to be confused with Scribner's Magazine, which was a separate...

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

Although not as popular today, the circus was always a sensation when it would come into town a century ago. Today, we will be celebrating this quaint form of entertainment through the graphics it inspired. But before we look at the graphics, some historical context is in order. The origins of the circus are complex and obscure, which has historians debating to this day. Some say it began in Ancient Rome, whereas others attribute the first circus to English equestrian Philip Astley, who put it on on April 4, 1768. Since the Roman circus was an altogether different affair from...

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Sheet Music Art of the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931)

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Sheet Music Art of the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931)

Last year, I wrote a blog entry about the Sheet Music Art of E. T. Paull, and the reason I did that was because of the visually stunning nature of the covers, which would arguably put them in a class of their own. This entry is more or less similar in concept, since the Ziegfeld Follies are likewise known to have produced some of the most visually stunning sheet music covers of that time period. To understand and appreciate the sheet music art, however, we first need to understand what the Ziegfeld Follies actually were. So we are going to...

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