This is a 1920's print from an original paper cutting silhouette by artist Beatrix Sherman. Sherman (1891-1975), an American silhouette artist, styled her work after the 19th-century French silhouette artist Auguste Edouart's. Sherman's subjects included U.S. presidents, royalty, prominent business people, Hollywood stars, and her favorite children's story characters. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sherman began her career in 1915 by attending the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where she set up a studio and executed pictures of the fair attendees. She maintained a permanent studio in New York City, where she was resident artist at the Algonquin Hotel.
This image depicts the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat and the Fiddle." The text is printed in a box beneath:
"Hie! Diddle Diddle, The cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed, to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon."
The laughing dog and fiddle-playing cat are very animated. The cow is jumping over the moon on a city roof top, and an airplane, church steeple, skyscrapers, plants and twinkling stars are all part of the artist's inventive details.
This is a direct lithography print made by Sherman herself. It is stamped "Copyright by Beatrix Sherman." It is on quality rag paper, and you can see and feel the indentations where the paper was in the printing press.
This print is 8.25 by 11 inches and is unframed. It would make an wonderful addition to any vintage collection, or a child's nursery!
It is in very good condition with some small normal imperfections in the paper such as foxing, but nothing to seriously detract.
Item ID: 0751