Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Red Rose Calendar, 1902

I promised to send a visual reference to a student in my senior studio and did so, but heard back that the attachement failed. It's actually easier to post the images here, and more people benefit.

So: Julie, a key drawing in black with supporting coloration has taken many forms over the last 100 years or so, but the examples you showed in your sketchbook reminded me in particular of a collaborative project between Jessie Wilcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green from 1902: a self-published calendar that attracted attention and was republished as The Book of the Child in 1903. Tender drawing, atmospheric color, persisting art nouveau linear architecture, a dash of Japonisme.

These reproductions appear in Alice Carter's wonderful book, The Red Rose Girls (Abrams, 2002) concerning the interlocked careers and relationships of Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley. All of these examples are by Smith. I don't have handy scans of the E.S.G. images, which if anything I prefer. Charming stuff.

A fascinating story, to speak in understatement.

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