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About the Work“Harper’s March (Plate 20)” was created by Edward Penfield who was an American illustrator in the era known as the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration” and he is considered the father of the American Poster. His work has been included in almost every major book on American Illustration or the history of the poster. “Harper’s March (Plate 20)” was the cover of Harper’s Bazaar for March 1898. “Harper’s March (Plate 20)” is an original lithograph in colors. This antique lithograph is created on fine woven heavy stock paper. Image size 11.25 x 8.75 – inches.
About the Artist
“Les Maitres De L’Affiche” (The Masters of the Poster) is a phrase that refers to one of the most prestigious and influential art publications in history. The 256 color plates that make up the suite represent a wide-ranging selection of outstanding original posters from the turn of the twentieth century when this popular art form first reached its peak. Early printed posters were very text-heavy, with relatively few illustrations. After all, they were created to advertise products, and adding an illustration to an advertisement in the mid-1800s was not commonplace. However, during the second half of the nineteenth century, when all types of commercial products were aesthetically upgraded, serious artists began to see the new possibilities in the poster medium. By linking their imagery to modern commerce, the thinking was that each would be enhanced by the value of the other.