Auction ended on May 9th, 2012

Charles Gibson Orig Book Print 1896 The Old Tune

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This is an original, double-sided print from the antique book Pictures of People by Charles Dana Gibson. The book and this print were published in 1896, and the edition was limited to 500 copies, many of which have probably been discarded or lost over time. It is signed on the book plate by Robert Howard Russell, the publisher for the U.S. edition. Front side: Title "THE OLD TUNE" Back side: Title "HER PROTECTOR" Artist's signature appears in the plate Sheet size: 11 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches Condition: Minor bit of surface wear at the top cornerGibson portrays both the young and old with whimsy, from the dreams of old days, to a young dreamer with big dreams. * The famous "Gibson Girl," created by Charles Dana Gibson represents the epitome of American womanhood. Aloof, independent, confident and serene in character and personality, the Gibson Girl was-first and foremost-a "stunner." She was portrayed as finely featured, her hair piled on top of her head in defiance of gravity, and always impeccably dressed. * * The illustrations of Charles Gibson both influenced and reflected the "zeitgeist" of their day. Appearing in a number of popular magazines, notably Scribner's, Harper's, Colliers and The Century Gibson's drawings were an immediate hit with the public. His images are among the first examples of popular merchandising; at the height of her popularity, the Gibson Girl appeared on china plates, umbrella stands, stick pins, wallpaper and match boxes. All of these items - but especially the illustrations themselves - are avidly sought by collectors. *

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