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Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938

Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938

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Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938

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"Looking for a good book? Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938 is a coffee-table-style book of outstanding black and white art that is magnificent to look through and should be in every art lover's home." — Rushford Public Library
A combination of technological advances and a vast reservoir of native talent led to a golden age in American illustration during the period between the Gilded Age and the dawn of World War II. Popular magazines such as Century, Scribner's, Puck, and Life launched the careers of many aspiring illustrators, including Edwin Austin Abbey, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, Rockwell Kent, and many others.
This collection features more than 230 reproductions of the finest pen-and-ink drawings by more than 100 artists during the heyday of the illustrated magazine, from 1881 to 1938. In addition to images from popular magazines, the survey features illustrations from newspapers and books that recapture a broad range of expressions of artistic imagination and experimentation. The compilation includes an informative Introduction by designer and art historian Fridolf Johnson, which traces the history and development of pen-and-ink illustration and chronicles America's richly varied illustrative tradition and artistic heritage.

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Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938 - Dover Publications

TREASURY OF AMERICAN PEN-AND-INK ILLUSTRATION 1881 TO 1938

236 DRAWINGS BY 103 ARTISTS

EDITED BY FRIDOLF JOHNSON

DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC.

MlNEOLA, NEW YORK

Frontispiece: Samuel V. Chamberlain (895–1975), Abbeville.

Copyright

Copyright © 1982 by Dover Publications, Inc.

All rights reserved.

Bibliographical Note

Treasury of American Pen-and-Ink Illustration, 1881 to 1938: 236 Drawings by 103 Artists is a new work, first published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1982 andreissued in 2014.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Main entry under title:

Treasury of American pen-and-ink illustration, 1881 to 1938.

1. Pen drawing, American. 2. Pen drawing—19th century—United States. 3. Pen drawing—20th century—United States. I. Johnson, Fridolf.

NC905.T73 741.973 81-19535

e ISBN-13: 978-0-486-79151-7

Manufactured in the United States by Courier Corporation

24280305 2014

www.doverpublications.com

Contents

Introduction

Index of Artists

Etiquettessen

INTRODUCTION

The art of pen draftsmanship, once so widely practiced in the illustration of books and magazines, appears to be enjoying a revival of sorts as numerous contemporary illustrators rediscover the remarkable versatility of the pen as an illustrative medium. Nearly all of the great pen draftsmen of a few decades ago are gone; many are forgotten except by specialists, their work buried in files of old magazines and in books no longer read. Now is a good time to attempt a general survey of American pen drawings produced during the Golden Age of Illustration — the period from the early 1880s to the late 1930s.

In the long history of the graphic arts, the direct reproduction of pen illustrations has a span of only a hundred years. It was in the middle of the 1880s that wood engraving, a laborious and not very satisfactory method of reproducing pictures, began to be supplanted by the photoengraving process, which for the first time permitted the mechanical translation, photographically reduced or enlarged as desired, of an artist's original pen drawing onto a metal plate for ordinary letterpress printing. Felix Octavius Darley (1822–1888), one of America's most popular illustrators of his time, came along too late to benefit from the new process; all his drawings were engraved by hand. But there was a younger generation of illustrators, their earlier works also engraved on wood, who were eventually to see their line drawings reproduced by photoengraving in almost perfect facsimile. Encouraged by the unprecedented fidelity of reproduction, their ranks were joined by many other young artists, laying the foundation for an American school of illustration rivaling the best of Great Britain and the Continent.

Ironically, the same technology that nurtured the flowering of pen illustration eventually brought about its decline. The almost simultaneous invention of the halftone screen made it possible to reproduce a photograph or painting by splitting up the tonal values photographically into graduated dots, chemically etched on a printing plate. Soon halftone illustration was more popular than line. Many artists, failing to

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    Being an extensive sampling of period illustration, presented without comment beyond a very short introduction.
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    Beautiful creations done by masters of the art of pen and ink drawings.