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Illustrators and other artists in books, magazines and DVDs from before the 1950s.

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  1. THE 1921 ANNUAL OF ADVERTISING ART

    Regular Price: $18.95

    Sale Price $16.95

    This reproduction of the very first Director's Club exhibition offers a generous selection of more than 300 halftone images, accompanied by a sources appendix. New to this edition are 15 added pages of color reproductions of a selection of the best work. Entries by leaders in the field include J. C. Leyendecker's ads for Arrow shirts, Maxfield Parrish's Mazda Lamp calendar pages, Franklin Booth's line art, and contributions by Norman Rockwell, Edward Penfield, N. C. Wyeth, and other luminaries. Learn More
  2. TURNER'S SKETCHBOOKS
    $27.50

    One of the most popular painters of all time, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) created a remarkable collection of sketchbooks over the course of his career. Thoughtful, revealing, and beautifully rendered, these offer an unparalleled window into his creative process. His extensive travels took him all across Britain and Europe. Now in paperback, this first full survey of the artist’s sketchbooks invites readers to take a privileged look over Turner’s shoulder, witnessing the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his major paintings, from pencil sketches to water color roughs to more detailed preliminary renderings of landscapes, ships, harbors, and mountains. Learn More
  3. WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU The Essential Works
    $65.00

    William Bouguereau was the most popular artist in nineteenth-century France but along with artists like Maxfield Parrish and Alma Tadema, he’s also very well known today. Or at least his images are. But here is a chance to delve deeper into his life and his prolific works. This book is an exploration of the four genres most prevalent throughout Bouguereau's career: mythological works, religious works, peasants, and portraits. One new takeaway for me is how he concentrated on the subtleties of capturing human emotion in heads and hands, something at which he was a consummate master. Moderate nudity. Learn More
  4. BRITISH POSTERS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    Regular Price: $20.00

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    One hundred posters, a great many fresh and entirely new to us, from this amazing period. Some proclaimed in bold type that “Victory of the Allies is assured” and featured stalwart British soldiers alongside exaggerated enemy figures. Others, however, hung on the walls of bus and railway stations, town halls, and pubs, called for continued self-sufficiency, urging Britons to raise chickens, conserve and repair, join the Wacs and Wrens. As the threat of espionage became extreme, posters cautioned soldiers and civilians alike against talking about the war: “Furtive Fritz is always listening” warned one; another, “Keep mum―she’s not so dumb.” Learn More
  5. LINLEY SAMBOURNE Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist

    Regular Price: $50.00

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    For more than forty years Linley Sambourne was a draftsman for the premiere English satire magazine Punch. He rose to ‘First Cartoonist’ in his final decade, a significant contributor to late Victorian and Edwardian political satire. He also illustrated Kingsley's Water Babies and Friends and Foes from Fairyland. A hundred years on, the distinguished scholar Leonee Ormond has written an illuminating biography, using Sambourne’s own copious records preserved in his house in Kensington, London—now a museum. Includes three nude photographs of his well-known models. Learn More
  6. VERY HEATH ROBINSON Stories of His Absurdly Ingenious World
    $60.00

    A big, thick volume of delightful innovation by the prolific artist and humorist who loved to poke fun at the conventions of his day. From the lost world of the Edwardians through to the Thirties and Forties, he charted the rise of machines, from cars to dishwashers, and new ways of living in a series of wonderfully absurd illustrations. Heath Robinson revelled in complicated gadgetry, whimsicality and naughtiness. His charm and wit are universal, teasing a smile or even a full-blooded guffaw from all who encounter his gentle commentaries on human foibles. He even gave his name to a dictionary definition. Learn More
  7. J.W. GODWARD 1861-1922 The Eclipse of Classicism
    $95.00

    John William Godward (1861-1922) was among the brightest stars of the late Graeco-Roman painters during classicism's twilight years. Some believe he equalled Alma-Tadema in his depiction of marble and flowers and Frederic Leighton in his depiction of drapery. I like to compare him to Maxfield Parrish, since he also discovered the value of appealing young women, nude or partially clothed. That became a favorite subject for him, as it did for Parrish a generation later. Learn More
  8. VER SACRUM The Vienna Secession Art Magazine 1898-1903

    Regular Price: $65.00

    Sale Price $57.50

    With all-original artwork by Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Klimt, Schiele and others, the avante garde Austrian magazine Ver Sacrum set the standard for art nouveau imagery and fine magazine design.This Vienna Secession showpiece was published from 1898 to 1903, collecting 471 original drawings made specifically for the magazine, 55 lithographs and copper engravings and 216 block prints. This collects all 120 regular issue covers—plus special, limited-edition covers—along with a selection of the very finest and most innovative interior artworks. Learn More
  9. KRAZY KAT & THE ART OF GEORGE HERRIMAN

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    Craig Yoë's passion for the subject and attention to detail result in a highly enjoyable book--a work of art unto itself, here collecting some impossibly rare art by Herriman, much of it having never been printed before anywhere. This isn't just original artwork for Krazy Kat strips. It has page after page of one-of-a-kind, beautifully hand-colored pieces that Herriman did for friends, including birthday cards, framed artworks, and illustrated thank-you's. Plus historic photos, posters, book covers and memorabilia. Learn More
  10. ANDERS ZORN 101 ETCHINGS
    $16.95

    This collection of Zorn's finest etchings, which date from 1883 to 1918, features art from the 1922 Verlag Ernst Arnold edition. An ideal showcase of Zorn's artistic style and technical ability, this book provides a captivating gallery of people in repose and in motion—making music, riding horses, boating, and swimming. Some of the etchings are nude, others depict the fashions of the day, unique to Sweden, London and Paris. Enriched with a Foreword by James Gurney, author of Dinotopia. Learn More

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