A charming work in watercolor with white gouache highlights, 13 1/2" by 10 1/2" (19" by 16" framed), featuring a young woman in the hugely popular Gibson tradition of the early years of the century, viewing her image in a hand-held decorative Art Nouveau mirror as she applies her lipstick. The work is signed at left "L. B. Hill" and dated 1910. Gibson had many imitators of his illustration style, some very talented and some less talented. This piece would be ideal in a woman's dressing area. It has been in contact for decades with corrugated board, and the acid of those boards have leached into the paper, causing the vertical ribbing seen. Acid free materials including a new mat in perhaps an imaginative, asymmetrical, curved shape would hide the discoloration at upper left and minimize the distraction of the vertical browning pattern.
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