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What is this?

Poster for The Chap-Book, August 1894. A woman dressed in blue at the center of the image stands in a wood, holding a pair of skates. The words The Chap / Book, printed in red cover the lower left portion of the poster.
Two-color lithograph: red and blue.

Why is this in our collection?

William H. Bradley executed a number of designs as promotional pieces for The Chap-Book, his Chicago-based publication considered to be the American public’s introduction to art nouveau style and the British Arts and Crafts movement. Unlike his contemporary, Louis Rhead, whose influences were predominately French, Bradley looked to England. He was especially influenced by Aubrey Beardsley’s sophisticated illustrations for the The Yellow Book, a journal of art and literature that caused great scandal in London when first published in April 1894. Like Beardsley, Bradley relied on breaking the compositional rectangle into a series of dominant and subdominant lines, filling in areas with flat expanses of one... more

This is a poster from United States. It is dated August 1894 and we acquired it in 2003. Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman and Ely Jacques Kahn.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

color zincograph on thin cream wove paper

Its dimensions are

H x W: 50.5 × 35.2 cm (19 7/8 × 13 7/8 in.)

It is signed

in stone lower right: BRADLEY

This object was published by Stone & Kimball and designed by William Henry Bradley

This object was purchased from Thomas G. Boss Fine Books

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