Artist: Fred Hyland English
Title: Harpers Magazine
Plate: PL. 120
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" 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.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
An elegant red haired beauty looks out to us dreamily in a stylized white dress, which contrasts sharply with the soft pastel background. She seems unaware of the two little green, fairy like, men from Mars that hover behind her, like transparent moths wrapped in flowing green silks. Through their wings we make out the planet Saturn and a large glowing orange globe, that could be the red planet itself, or perhaps the capsule like spacecraft that has delivered them to us. They appear to be contemplating a serious matter. One Martian's worried expression and the other's pointing hand leads us to wonder if the unassuming lady in the foreground is about to leave us for other worldly adventures ...Our interests heightened, Hyland has created a captivating design for Harper's Magazine, that practically dares us not to rush out and buy the magazine to read the new serial "The Martian".
“The poster advertises the first of ten installments of George Du Maurier’s novel The Martian printed in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine from October 1896 through July 1897. The ten installments included a total of 33 black and white illustrations, all Du Maurier himself. During this period, the magazine had no illustrations on its cover, save some incidental bicolor art on the cover of the December 1896 Christmas issue. Hyland’s poster was intended to promote Du Maurier’s novel, but was not included in the magazine itself. Most posters promoting the magazine’s monthly issues were designed by Edward Penfield, the magazine’s art editor for a decade beginning 1893; over that time, Penfield designed 75 such posters, two of which were included in "Les Maitres de L'Affiche.". Such illustrations generally took the form of newsstand placards. The posters began outselling the magazines themselves, and by 1900, such art began appearing on magazine covers.” (Robert A. Butler)