The day has finally come: Illustration House's collection has just been unveiled at the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.
I had a bit of a hand in making this transaction happen, and I while I am sad that the collection will no longer be at my fingertips in New York, I am THRILLED that the collection has been saved intect and will be available for all researchers, and catalogued and conserved.
The collection amalgamates many many smaller tearsheet and book collections amassed by illustrators, that were later acquired by Walt Reed, who had his own collections building since he was a young man (Walt is now in his mid-90s). Walt and son Roger then added to it for some 40 years. It is probably the most significant research collection on American illustration to exist.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Oh and the art direction and illustration by Oscar Cahén after the war deserves some attention too...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I've been way too busy moving and working on my dissertation to update this blog. But I have something worth sharing today: I will be giving a talk Thursday April 18, at the Florence Griswold Museum in CT, at 2:00pm. All are welcome; there is a slight fee for attending. I will be talking about illustrator Arthur Heming, and the motives behind his quirky depictions of the Canadian north.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Each paper is 12 minutes. The short time was chosen in order to focus on discussion afterwards. I believe we can stay late in the room.
5:30pm Thursday, Feb. 14
Association of Historians of American Art
The Art History of American Periodical Illustration
Sutton Parlor South, 2nd Floor, Hilton Hotel, Manhattan
Chairs: Jaleen Grove, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Doug B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis
Reading Late-Nineteenth Century Periodical Illustrations: Scribner’s Monthly as Model
Page Knox, Marymount Manhattan College
Illustration, Cartooning, and Problems of Nomenclature: Visual Matter in Collier’s Weekly, 1935–1940
Douglas B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis
Beyond the Auteur: The Illustration as a Word/Image Object
Jarrod Waetjen, Northern Virginia Community College
Jennifer A. Greenhill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discussant: Michele H. Bogart, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Sunday, December 9, 2012
These came from my old neighbour, Dee, from a big set that was rescued from a garbage dump. They date from the 1950s, I think. A bunch were very fancy, with inserts, and had to have been assembled by hand:
This one has a removable sheet of music: