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Illustrated Plate Honoring Henry Garnet, Convicted and Executed for Complicity in the Gunpowder Plot, with Original Ink Vignettes and Mounted Cameo Portrait of Garnet
1 Illustrated Plate Honoring Henry Garnet, Convicted and Executed for Complicity in the Gunpowder Plot, with Original Ink Vignettes and Mounted Cameo Portrait of Garnet
Fine 
N.d., nineteenth century. The miniature vignettes in the margins are very finely rendered, with images of the Tower of London and three other buildings, Garnet hanging in a public square, a group of pigrims, and four skulls and crossbones. The Gunpowder Plot was a Catholic Jesuit conspiracy to assassinate James I in 1605. Although Garnet, a Jesuit priest opposed to violent action, had sought to foil the plot, he felt obliged not to divulge its existence to civil authorities when it was revealed to him in a confessional, and as someone for decades held in suspicion by the government, he was part of the round-up of conspirators and then tried on trumped up charges, leading to his conviction and execution in 1606. This card or plate, measuring 22 by 15 cm, is both unusual and of exceptional beauty. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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World War One Tabernacle with Intricate Inlay and Marquetry Work:  Wereld Oorlog's Gedenkenis 1914-15-16
2 World War One Tabernacle with Intricate Inlay and Marquetry Work: Wereld Oorlog's Gedenkenis 1914-15-16
Belgium presumed 1916 or 1917 Very Good 
A highly unusual piece, probably one-of-a-kind, and as a memorial to those who sacrificed up to then in the First World War, uncommon in its general conception -- one will not find a lot of examples of artwork that is somewhat similar to this piece either. Large, measuring closed 81 by 54 cm. Each of two panels or doors is 69 by 27 cm and these open to reveal additional decoration. The doors on the outside have ten place names written with inlay running in diagonal zigzags: Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Mechelen, Leuven, Namen, Zaleszoziki, Dunaburc, Salonika, Kaukasus and Yolmein. In between these place names, which represent battlefronts, places of contention or towns somehow suffering from the attacks by the Central Powers, there are playful inlays, that capture various instruments of warfare, or somehow loosely allude to such, such as a plane, a cannon, a ship. These are rendered with a child-like simplicity. On the inside of the doors the scheme is continued, but here the ten names are of the larger regions that these places are associated with, such as Lotharingen and the Dardanelles. The inlay motives here include a balloon, a red cross cart, a row boat. On the back panel, now also revealed, are the names of the combattants, and this includes both the Allies and Central Powers. Twelve countries are listed, including Japan, Montenegro, Bulgaria, and of course all of the main combatants at that time: England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Turkey, etc. The dating of this tabernacle, in fact, can be very confidently placed as 1916 or 1917 because of the conspicuous absence of the United States, which was still neutral and didn't enter the war until on April 6, 1917. Beside each of the twelve country names are inlays of tools and weapons of warfare -- a kind of military iconology. Included are things such as an anchor and a trumpet and bugle, however. Among the things making this a highly uncommon piece is that while it was clearly done by a citizen on the Allied side, it seems to express some sympathy for the casualties and suffering in the Central Powers as well. Minor losses of inlay pieces -- none of this is conspicuous or seriously affect the beauty and integrity of the piece. The door panels do not shut completely, as they probably did when the piece was created. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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3 [Advertising Art] Watercolor of Colorful Christmas Ornaments
Fine 
A delightful and colorful advertising campaign proof done with watercolors, circa 1940. The painting shows many tree ornaments -- a Santa, a candy cane, a snow man, animals, etc. It is a feast for the eyes. Alternatively, this might have served as a proof for a trade catalogue. The picture is mounted and matted. The picture itself is 14 by 9 inches, and with the mat, 22 by 17 inches. 
Price: 425.00 USD
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4 [Advertising Art] Watercolor of Toddlers Wearing Bonnets and Berets and Four Juvenile Pocketbooks
Fine 
A delightful and colorful advertising campaign proof done with watercolors, circa 1940. The painting shows toddlers in varied headwear. Alternatively, this might have served as a proof for a trade catalogue. The picture is mounted and matted. The picture itself is 13.5 by 8.25 inches, and with the mat, 22 by 17 inches. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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[Original Art] "The Chain of Friendship, Stretching Far, Links Days that Were With Days that Are."
5 [Original Art] "The Chain of Friendship, Stretching Far, Links Days that Were With Days that Are."

Three proof cards with sentimental maxim surrounded by pretty floral border painted in watercolor. One card is simply the maxim, another, just the border, with the third the two elements combined and the finished product. Interesting as a record of the work process. The cards are 19 by 14.5 cm, and presumably the proof was for something that became part of a book, although we can not identify the final printed work. Lovely for what it is. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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[Saleman's Sample Album] Méry Hungarian Industry-Arts Budapest
6 [Saleman's Sample Album] Méry Hungarian Industry-Arts Budapest
Hardcover. String ties. Very Good 
Probably a salesman's sample album showing original designs for napkins or handkerchiefs, all with decorative, generally colorful and representational artwork. N.d., circa 1930s. Oblong album, 29 by 34 cm. 17 samples, including the one on the front cover, and one sample which is essentially repeated, with minor variations. Stylistically there is considerable variety, from folk art-ish and cartoon-ish to more fluid and fluent Art Deco stylized imagery. We don't know whether Méry was the artist or the name of the company, or both, but clearly these are samples of commercial artwork. That is not pejorative, for the images are delightful, evocative and even humorous and fun at times. Here there is the further intensification of the original watercolors. The papers the large square watercolors are laid on are brittle, as the norm of such albums. Chipping to thw wax paper pastedown on the cover. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Untitled [The Adventure of the Balloons in Upside Down Land], Alberin (?)
7 Alberin (?) Untitled [The Adventure of the Balloons in Upside Down Land]
NA Fine 
Untitled collection of nine original watercolors that tell the story of juvenile balloons sold at a carnival and released into the air, where they find their way into "Upside Down Land". N.d., circa 1946, or in the immediate aftermath of World War Two. The order of the pictures telling the story -- there is no text -- is subject to debate, and one can not be certain that these illustrations represent the fully intended story, whether or not it was ever fully realized by the artist and storyteller. In any case, the balloons lose themselves with the manifold temptations of a candy shop. When outdoors, they are attacked by unsavory "balloon" monsters who puncture one of the balloons, who is then administered to by a balloon doctor who patches the hole. The balloons fly off rejoicing, and they dance a circle in the sky, Whether or not a complete suite of illustrations, there can be no denying the cleverness of the basic premise and the charm and skill by which the illustrations were executed. Not only is no published version of this story known, but also, there is no known story in which the concept of an "Upside Down Land" was used. An imaginary land is a commonplace in juvenile fiction, of course, but the ingeniousness of the Upside Down idea created here is that it allows for the illustrations to be viewed with equal appropriateness from top or from the bottom, and indeed, what is the top or bottom of the page is unanswerable, at least in six of the illustrations. The illustrations also capture a mid-twentieth century milieu superbly well. Nothing is known of the artist other than the name signed in one place, which is also not completely clear but appears to be Alberin. The watercolors are not all the same size but are generally about 27 by 20 cm. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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[Homemade Book] To My Valentine Collection of Five Illustrated Leaves on Card, Anonymous
8 Anonymous [Homemade Book] To My Valentine Collection of Five Illustrated Leaves on Card
Unbound Very Good 
Winsome collection of manuscript color illustrations, and light text, for part of a children's story. N.d., circa 1920s. The first card, or what is presumed to be so, bears the legend, "To My Valentine", with the name of "Ann Warren Stewart", written on a mailbox. Since Ann is a character in these drawings, we can assume she was not the author or illustrator but rather perhaps a recipient or dedicatee. The artwork is in the style, loosely, of Mabel Lucie Attwell or the Sally Dick and Jane readers. While it is simple, and perhaps even a touch naive, it is also very polished and almost certainly was executed by an adult. And so we see a small child fetching a giant heart-shaped valentine from a mailbox, a toddler stumbling off a chair, an older child trying to interest a baby in toys, and an older toddler climbing up and down a high chair. Each of these cards is fit for framing and hanging on a wall. Now disbound, there are three margin holes that once kept them in a binder. Light scattered soiling does not mar the preciousness and charm of the illustrations, each 11 by 9 inches, 29 by 22 cm, each on heavy card stock. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Sketchbook with 45 scenes, mostly landscapes and views, mostly rendered with color pencils, Atkinson, J. Clayton
9 Atkinson, J. Clayton Sketchbook with 45 scenes, mostly landscapes and views, mostly rendered with color pencils
Cloth Binder Very Good 
Lovely country landscapes, panaromas and cottages drawn by a sure hand with a real Impressionistic panache. N.d., circa 1900, based on the kind of album binder used. 4to. 27 by 19 cm. Most of the illustrations are done directly on the paper in the album, with some loose or attached via slits in the backing paper. And the vast majority are most of the page or one to a page, with a few pages with two illustrations. Place captions or short titles abound, although they are not always fully readable. There are mountain views, bridges, rivers, lakes, churches, gardens, streams, forests, groves, winter and summer views, and unnumerable cottages. There are also drawings of a few bouquets and flowers, and four drawings of butterflies. Finally, there is a black and white drawing of sailboats. A particular effective technique was Atkinson's use of a black pencil to provide an almost painterly sheen as well as provide some depth and motion. Wear to the cloth cover. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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10 Bartlett, Joseph Selection of Poetry from Various Authors
1821 Hardcover. Leather spine. Good 
A manuscript notebook with lovely original folk art oil paintings on both boards and two watercolors within! 4to. 30.5 by 19.5 cm. Unpaginated, 18 leaves of wove paper with content, followed by a few blanks. Watercolored title page with American eagle atop an orb and pedestal, and a beautiful painting of ships bearing the American flag near a lighthouse perched on a rocky spit and a cape house beyond. The paintings on the boards are what strike us as the most unusual though, especially because the medium is oils. One is of a windmill and a pastoral setting, the other, a cow drinking at a pond. Also a faint pencil sketch on the final leaf, possibly a draft of one of the two cover paintings, and elsewhere a tail vignette of a tombstone. The verse is not credited. The longest selection is "An abbreviation of the Shipwreck", which is in fact an abridged version of Falconer's narrative poem. Another, "Epitaph on a Blacksmith", was written by Alexander Pennecuik. A poem entitled "Water" was penned by an Ann Taylor. We thus assume, based on the title, that most of the poetry was transcribed. The sea is the most common subject, but by no means the exclusive one. The alum-tawed leather of the spine is heavily soiled. Repair of the sewing which binds the text block. Rubbing and minor loss on the cover panels. Darkening of the cover paintings. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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11 Bernhard, Lucie (1894 - ?) Chesa Dr. Ruppanner Samedan
Samedan, Switzerland Vellum Fine 
N.d., circa 1930s. Two poems about a Sanitarium opened by Dr. Rupanner in Samedan, which is close to St. Moritz in the southeast corner of Switzerland, accompanied by watercolor vignettes. The title page is given over to a fine watercolor of the grand four story house, which housed the hospital. It would appear that Bernhard was a patient in the hospital, and in gratitude she indited the poem and decorated its four pages with vignettes that echo the subjects brought up in the verses. The poems themselves are written in a neat, however inscrutable, hand, with a cursive style no longer in favor, and thus it is very difficult to make out every letter or word, but it is plain that Bernhard was a far more accomplished graphic artist than poet, and it is believed that she did work as a professional artist. Of the fourteen illustrations (not counting that on the title page), the most interesting, and largest as well, are of three girls by a garden, of a pretty room with a display cabinet, of two angels ascending to heaven, and of an ongoing medical operation. The album containing the poems has many blank leaves following the poem. Its full vellum binding, with its decorative veining, is clean, with the slight bowing of its boards as typical of vellum. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Silhouettes Militaires.  De la Révolution et du 1er Empire Collection Bernard-Franck, Brisquet
12 Brisquet Silhouettes Militaires. De la Révolution et du 1er Empire Collection Bernard-Franck
NA Very Good 
An magnificent collection of 20 military costume mixed media oil paintings that were once part of a major French collection of militariana. N.d., 1830 to 1860 -- these were nostalgic portraits created during the reigns of Louis Philippe and Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III). Brisquet, the artist, apparently was set-up on the esplanade by les Invalides, certainly a logical place for a creator of military-related bric-a-brac to set up shop, so to speak, and seek to sell his wares. A variety of sizes, ranging in height between 34 and 45 cm, and width, 10 to 29 cm. We have 21 panels in all, with one containing a short textual description of the group. By mixed media, we are referring to the application of cut-outs, made mostly of very thick card, on board, giving the portraits and accessories a dimensionality. Some of these applied pieces are movable -- arms in particular -- or were meant to be so. Largely by dint of these cut-outs, the portraits have a folk art or naive quality. The soldiers are shown carrying firearms, flags, musical instruments, etc. Seldom is the portrait without some other element of interest, and always the background is enriched with a landscape suggestive of a rural battlefield or training ground. The portraits are all by the same artist, Brisquet, and they all are done in the same style. Based on the short explanatory panel, which describes him as a "Tir", which translates as a shooter, we would surmise that he was himself a veteran and possibly a resident himself of les Invalides. Portrayed are the following military figures, rendered in the original French and translated to English if needed: Generale Barthélemy Catherine Joubert, General Eduard Mortier (unlabeled on front), two panels of grenadiers (without further specificity), grenadier hollandais, grenadier de la Vistule (Polish grenadier), tirailleur (sharpshooter), sapeur de dragons, lancier Espagnol, fusilier, inspecteur aux regnes, porte-drapeau (flag bearer), tombour des volontaires (volunteer drummers), eclaireur a cheval jeune garde (young mounted guard and scout -- the portrait doesn't show the guard on horseback though), musicien chapeau Chinois (musician with a Chinese hat), two panels, not identical, of musicien d'Etat-Major, Legion Italique 1800, Flanqueur chasseur and a voltigeur (a member of a skirmish unit created by Napoleon). Each of the paintings is framed by brown strips of thick card, about 1 cm in width. At the base of each picture, excepting one, is a thin label, attached with brad nails, identifying for us who is being portrayed. We can assume that Brisquet made many more of these, and it seems probable that Bernard-Franck himself had many more, based on the numbering on the backs of many of the paintings. Still, we would consider this grouping to be more than ample and not conspicuously lacking in anything. Bernard Franck (1848-1924) was recognized as a leading collector of both militariana and Napoleonic era souvenirs. Born in Paris of a Jewish family, Franck ran a family business that manufactured military equipment. During the Franco-Prussian War he volunteered as a Zuoave. During his lifetime parts of his collection were loaned out for exhibition, starting with the Paris Exposition of 1900, and a part of his collection would be acquired by J.P. Morgan, who contributed it to the Metropolitan Museum. Many of the figurines in his collection are now owned by the Musée de l’Armée which is located in les Invalides. All the panels have rings on their back that can be used for hanging them. The majority of the paintings are darkened and could benefit from a cleaning. This we can discern based on a few that are considerably brighter and thus are obviously closer to their original, intended state of color. Never, though, are featured blurred beyond recognition. A few chips to the applique pieces -- a missing hand, a missing piece to a wood stump, etc. Some of what were meant to be movable pieces no longer function as such. None of these losses materially affect the imagery. Rubbing of the frame pieces here and there. A few cracks to the card material or across the painting. In general, the condition flaws are acceptable and within expectation for decorative antiques -- one could say they add to the character, even. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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13 Crowquill, Alfred [Alfred Henry Forrester], illustrator (1804-1872) The Yule Log. A Carol.
London Decorated Cloth Near Fine 
Original pen and ink and wash drawing of Olde English hamlet, snow and chidren, plus original verse by Crowquill. N.d., circa 1840s. 33 by 22 cm, and with matting, 51 by 41 cm. There are four staves without musical notation. Clearly the intention was to have a composer set Crowquill's words to music. Wonderful lyrics, with a powerfully evocative drawing on top, and the music staves and verses are laid over a backdrop of snowflakes and a gray brown that represents both the earth or the wintry sky. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Original George Cruikshank Watercolor of a Seventeenth Century Cavalier, Cruikshank, George (1792-1878)
14 Cruikshank, George (1792-1878) Original George Cruikshank Watercolor of a Seventeenth Century Cavalier
N.A. Fine 
A colorful portrait of a mid-17th century cavalier by the master illustrator, George Cruikshank. N.d., circa 1830. Other than the man holding a long pike in his gloved hand, he might also have stepped out of "The Three Musketeers". The cavalier guard is flamboyantly dressed, with the wide brimmed, floppy cockaded hat of the day and flairing boots with long spurs attached. Measuring 26 by 15 cm, 10.5 by 5.75 inches. On a board, and signed by Cruikshank. The edges of the board are worn. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Original Signed Drawings by Robert Cruikshank [for] Chronicles of the Bastille, Cruikshank, Robert
15 Cruikshank, Robert Original Signed Drawings by Robert Cruikshank [for] Chronicles of the Bastille
London 1845 Full Morocco. Cloth Slipcase. Fine 
4to. 27 by 20 cm. The Chronicles of the Bastille, Louis Alexis Chamerovzow, first appeared in 1845 and featured Cruikshank's drawings. The twelve signed watercolors here are dated 1844 or1845. Also, embedded into the back of the front cover is the steel plate used to make the steel engraved title page of the novel. As a title page an engraved copy of this plate is used. On the backs, and sometimes in the margins, are light pencil notes that serve as captions for the watercolors and provide information as to placement in the book. It is unknown whether these notes were preliminary to the publication or were done by a later hand. Bound elegantly by H. Zucker of Philadelphia, with gilt filets and turn-ins. 
Price: 12500.00 USD
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Caricature of the Author Philip James Bailey (1816-1902), Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941)
16 Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941) Caricature of the Author Philip James Bailey (1816-1902)
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1900. The pen and ink ink drawing is 20 by 11.5 cm. Depicted is Philip James Bailey, who is carrying under his arms his 1839 magnum opus, the very long poem, "Festus", admired by Tennyson and other leading poets of the day, and supposedly an influence on James Joyce. The work was Bailey's only success, and he continued to add to it during his long life following its initial appearance. It is this pattern of accretions which Ford would appear to be lampooning in this caricature. Ford is best remembered today for illustrating the dozen Andrew Lang colored fairy book series, and next for illustrating works by Scott, Kipling and many others. He also did free-standing painting, and some of his work belongs now to museum collections. Matted. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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Caricature Self-Portrait "Little Breeches", Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941)
17 Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941) Caricature Self-Portrait "Little Breeches"
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1900. The pen and ink, lightly tinted, drawing is 20 by 15 cm. It is an amusing self-portrait, all big blocky head, boots, and suspenders suspended over the artist's pate. Not really characteristic of this versatile artist's work, yet a splendid work of great economy and humor, somewhat in the vein of Edward Lear. Ford is best remembered today for illustrating the dozen Andrew Lang colored fairy book series, and next for illustrating works by Scott, Kipling and many others. He also did free-standing painting, and some of his work belongs now to museum collections. Matted. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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Drawing of Skaters, Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941)
18 Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941) Drawing of Skaters
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1900. The pen and ink drawing is 11 by 18 cm, oblong. Depicted are a few skaters in the foreground, one woman brought to her knees, and a sketchy crowd in the background. Not to be mistaken for the automaker industrialist who lived during the same time, the English artist Ford is best remembered for illustrations in the popular Andrew Lang colored fairy book series. Besides doing illustrations for books by Scott and Kipling, among many others, Ford did free-standing painting, some of which today hangs in museum collections. Matted. Light soiling by the edges. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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19 Gallery, John Lazy Buffalo John Gallery Artist Album
Chiangmai, Thailand Canvas on Boards Very Good 
Oblong. 14 by 18 cm. Thirteen leaves on canvas (over card), with colorful abstract artwork on all rectos and some versos. The bright artwork ranges from tie dye or drip process work to loosely figurative line sketches. Each piece of art has a caption with a maxim, generally to do with life and love, of varying degrees of triteness. The individual pieces are essentially tantamount to t-shirt art, which is something "John Gallery" is, or was, known for, but there is a cumulative effect to the album of a quirky sort of beauty. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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20 George Goodhue Costume Design. Portfolio of Art Deco Drawings and Sketches Relating to Fashion and Product Design [together with] a draft of a exegesis or short book on color and other technical aspects of fashion
New York presumed 1930s NA Very Good 
A collection of 46 original drawings and sketches of various sizes and styles, some explicitly tied to commercial advertising, and others created for a business, or utilitarian purpose. Some of the drawings are fully realized illustrations, while others are in some way incomplete, which doesn't mean that they lack charm or merit. The illustrations cover a broad range, with fashion accounting for at least thirteen of the items and thus the most plentiful, followed by product design work of such things as perfume bottles, lamps, a coffee pot, cigarettes. Outside of commercial art, caricature is the most abundant, with at least nine items that are unquestionably pure caricature. Some of the caricatures are of known figures, such as Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, possibly Maurice Chevalier and Mussolini. Most are one head per sheet. One sheet, though, has nine pen and ink drawn heads, including Lincoln, Shirley Temple, Walter Chrysler, Miriam Hopkins, Mae West, William Powell, and Mayor La Guardia. These Goodhue called "Featurtoons" -- as likenesses, they are more detailed than the other line drawings but not as consistently well-done. Yet another type is illustration is cartoon, and this overlaps with caricature but these are not depicting actual people, it would seem, and there may be a little bit of a story or anecdote being told or suggested. There are at least nine of these, most of which are ink drawings but the best is done in color pencil and depicts a mustachioed man with a round head who looks like one of the figures in "Monopoly". There are also non-caricature drawings of people, including a chalk drawing that may be a self-portrait. The styles of the drawings is various, but there is unquestionably an Art Deco, thirties modernist sensibility to the drawings, and if they are not realistic or literal, they tend to have a stylized style one associates with that period. Perhaps one of the best of these is a small pen and ink drawing of an artist at an easel that draws from Cubism while also not being in any sense inscrutable. Charming as well is a bookplate Goodhue designed for himself with playful figures that could have been done by James Thurber. Arguably the principle component of this portfolio is a draft of a semi-technical book on costume and fashion that devotes a considerable amount of space to the theory and influence of color, to texture, and to line. This draft, which is missing a few parts that may never have been done but which appears nonetheless to be close to what the author intended, is 39 pages, single spaced typed, with many illustrations and visual matter interspersed. It reads like a brochure that might well have been distributed by a trade association or a substantial participant in the fashion industry. Sections, by their heading, are "The Theory and Influence of Color and Color Combinations", "Color Wheel", "Color Intensities", "Color Values", "The Effect of Colors and Textures upon Individuals', etc. In terms of illustration, following is a brief synopsis of ones not mentioned above: color pen and ink and watercolor of insects done for a technical manual or the like; a color pencil rendering of a hat on display; 
Price: 975.00 USD
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