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Antique Pansies Yard Long Print Grace Barton Allen Victorian Chromolithograph
A Study of Pansies Grace Barton Allen Yardlong Print.
This beauty is entitled A Study of Pansies, and is by the Victorian illustrator, Grace Barton Allen (see biography below). It is a grand gathering of multi-hued pansies in unfaded and bright colors. In Victorian times, the little pansy symbolized that someone was Thinking of You, how sweet. This wonderful antique yard long print has some of the best coloring of any we've had. At the center of the composition is a bouquet of pansies tied with a ribbon, and a glass vase holding pansies. The print is complete under the mat, and has its margin areas intact. It was issued by the Art Interchange Magazine as a Colored Supplement No. 333, and was printed by the Brett Lithographic Company of New York. It is a chromolithograph, and the color layers align in perfect register.
The print is in VG condition with just a hint of roll marks at the top and bottom of either end of the print, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy. The print lays very flat. It is housed in a quarter-sawn oak frame with a handsome minial ray grain detail. At each corner are burnished brass embellishments that have ribbons and leaves. Overall size is 12.75 x 38.25 inches, ready to hang. These are perfect over kitchen nooks, beds, doorways, anywhere for a pop of color. Please note there is some glass glare on the left side, but the print is evenly toned throughout. Layaway is available.
Grace Barton Allen biography:
Not much is known about Grace Barton Allen's life, although we do know she was busy painting yardlongs alongside other prominent artists of the time. In fact, one of the earliest rose yardlongs dated 1892 was by a woman, Annie Nowell. In Victorian times, it appears that most of the press went to the men of society. Not to male bash, that's just the way society was. As a consequence, there is little research information on many women artists, although their skill rivaled those of their male counterparts. There is one citation that is found as follows:
School of Applied Design: Miss Grace Barton Allen, a rising young artist and newspaper woman, took first prize in watercolor painting at the exhibition of the school of applied design for women in New York city. The school was founded by a woman, Mrs. Dunlap Hopkins, who used her money for the benefit of her own sex and set all other women a noble example. Miss Allen is the daughter of the poet, Elizabeth Akera Allen.
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