Artist: Will Bradley American (1868-1962)
Title: The Chap-Book "The Poet and his Lady"
Plate: PL. 136
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
Full size sold for $ 2,000 US Poster Auctions International NY. Nov 2005
"In 1894 two Harvard students, Stone and Kimball, came up with an idea for a magazine called 'The Chap Book' that would cover literary and artistic news not normally covered in major journals, including the notion of regarding posters as an art form. Although not meant to be more than college high-jinks, the tiny curiosity surprised the two by prospering and became enough of a hit that when they returned to their native Chicago, they continued to publish it there for some years. Bradley contributed to the success of the original issues of The Chap Book with store counter placards such as this one and created a total of five designs for the publication. This is the only black and white. The influence of Art Nouveau, is clearly apparent, and tender, romantic image piques our interest in the 'curious and interesting songs, ballads, tales histories etc.' promised in the text below" (Gold p.75)