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Artist: Edward Penfield American (1866-1922)

Plate: PL. 115

Title: Harper's May
Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1898.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in
  29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $275.00 USD

"During his tenure as art director for Harper's (1893-99), Penfield created a new poster for every month's issue, yet never seemed to run out of fresh ideas. This is one of his most inspired. The woman holds two obviously pampered cats who rejoice at the attention; the woman, however, appears almost disconcerted, not quite sure where, or if, to put them down. The image has an extraordinary domestic charm and remains one of the most highly sought among collectors of American poster art" (Gold p.73)

"Of this whole series, the May poster, of the girl with two Angora cats has, perhaps, the greatest and lasting charm. Its quaint originality and the absolute informality of its subject and the extraordinary simplicity of its treatment makes it a poster that one remembers for years after it has been put away " (C. Matlack Price, p.219, 220)

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