The Gallery — Golden Age Illustrators

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 Edgar Keller

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The Art of Edgar Keller

Note: This entry first appeared on our pre-launch blog on November 29, 2018. Another image we posted on social media was very well received, and although it was not as smashingly popular as the Billinghurst "Heron" illustration we discussed in our previous blog post, it did give us a pretty interesting idea. We're going to post a very brief biographical sketch, plus a hand-picked gallery of some of the artist's finest work, every time a new social media post gets a lot of attention. This way, we can ac-cen-choo-ate the positive, (as Ella Fitzgerald once famously said.) The first of...

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Picturing The Night Before Christmas: Various Illustrative Interpretations of the Beloved Christmas Poem (1862-1931)

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Picturing The Night Before Christmas: Various Illustrative Interpretations of the Beloved Christmas Poem (1862-1931)

Note: This blog entry originally appeared on our pre-launch blog on December 13, 2018. "'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with careIn hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there."Pretty evocative, isn't it? I dare you to read the whole poem and tell me it hasn't conjured up some type of imagery in your head! I bet you can't. That's what makes this poem so memorable!But incidentally, this also happens to be why this poem lends itself so well to illustration. There...

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Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

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Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

One of the first things we tend to notice about the way people used to dress is that overwhelmingly common, (and today almost outlandish,) fashion accessory: the hat. It may seem strange to us today, but in this time period, hats were not just common--they were a requirement! To see someone without a hat in those days would have been roughly the equivalent of seeing someone without pants today. Shocking! And as can be expected, such a common practice inevitably found its way into the art of its time. Today we will be exploring the lost sartorial custom of hat...

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