Taylor, C[harles] J[ay]
England: Pen and Ink Drawings
Seller ID: 1894
New York: R. H. Russell, 1899. First edition, seventy pen and ink sketches, unpaginated. Long folio (45 cm) tan cloth over pictorial paper covered beveled boards, t.e.g. Seventy lush pen and ink sketches (38 cm x 25 cm) of English village and town life composed while Taylor was a visitor in the south of England during the last years of Victoria’s reign. Titles include “The Lady and the Villager”, the “Old Squire”, and “The Peapicker’s Lost Child”. Charles Jay Taylor (1855- 1929) was a successful illustrator for several popular America periodicals including Harpers, Life, and Punch. His “Taylor Girls” depicting an idealized femininity were as well known in their time as those of his somewhat better known contemporaries, Harrison Fisher and Charles Dana Gibson. Many of his political cartoons appeared in the New York Daily Graphic which was much given to lampooning the excesses of America’s wealthy and powerful elite, such as W. H. Vanderbilt. His work, along with the graphic art of Opper, Gillam, and Graetz, was a feature of Keppler’s satirical Puck magazine which took on such egregious figures of the Gilded Age as Jay Gould and Cyrus Field. Internally the plates are generally clean and bright. Quite a nice copy of a scarce title, one of several high quality books published by R[obert] H[oward] Russell around the turn of the century; held in but twenty libraries worldwide.
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