A Collection of Colour Prints by Jules Guerin [&] Maxfield Parrish. Twenty Plates.
J. H. Hansen, Publisher: Cleveland, (c. 1915). Folio, original tan boards, backstrip and fore-corners in gray linen, front cover printed in gray, pair of cords at fore-edges. Twenty color plates, each measuring 7-1/4 x 5 inches (18.3 x 12.5 cm.), tipped onto stiff card mounts, printed caption slips tipped onto upper corners. Engraved bookplate of Ruth Felker Thomas on inner front cover. Portfolio soiled and lightly rubbed, with fraying at top of backstrip; some mounts browning; but an unusually very good copy of this scarce portfolio. Two additional prints loosely inserted at the end, one on newsprint. First Edition thus of this very good collection of color plates by two of the outstanding American painters of their era. Jules Vallee Guerin (1866-1946) was best known as a muralist, and his most celebrated works are the murals on the interior walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Renowned for his brilliant and subtle use of color, he was the director of color in the architecture and decorations at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. His fourteen plates in this portfolio are all taken from his illustrations for Robert Hichens's The Spell of Egypt (New York: Century, 1911). Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) continues to be one of the most popular American artists. Five of his prints in this portfolio are based on his striking illustrations for Edith Wharton's Italian Villas and their Gardens (New York: Century, 1904), and the sixth is a reproduction of The Sandman, painted in 1896 and regarded by Parrish as the most important painting of his career. J. H. Jansen issued portfolios of color prints by Guerin and Parrish in several formats and combinations of images.Ruth Felker Thomas (1889-1967), also known as Ruth Kate Felker, was a talented artist in numerous media and was best known for her murals. She worked throughout the United States but especially in and around her home town of St. Louis. [See: Coy, p. 216, for a different issue of this work, & pp. 17 & 20 for The Sandman.]
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