C1896

Harper's Magazine

Scarce art nouveau poster by the design group, Beggarstaff. “Although this poster was created for an American magazine it’s British distributors wanted to invoke a positive British image, hence the Beggarstaffs featured one of the royal yeoman of the guard, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Harper’s Magazine

Date:

C1896

Engraver:

Imprimerie Chaix 

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Paper Size: 

288mm 
x 395mm
AUTHENTICITY
Harper's Magazine - Antique Print from 1896

Genuine antique
dated:

1896

Description:

Scarce art nouveau poster by the design group, Beggarstaff.
Although this poster was created for an American magazine it’s British distributors wanted to invoke a positive British image, hence the Beggarstaffs featured one of the royal yeoman of the guard, the ‘Beefeater’, to identify it with superior British goods. ” (Rennert, PAI-XV, 125)

This poster is from the series, Les Maitres de l’Affiche (The Masters of the Poster ) which took five years to produce from 1895 to1900.

It is one of the most prestigious and influential art publications in history. This series features the most outstanding posters of the late 19th century when the medium  was only used for commercial advertising.  During the 19th century the poster celebrated its golden era under the hands of famous artist such as, Cheret, Toulouse Lautrec, Mucha and Steinlen. They elevated the poster from a commercial medium to innovative art form. By  the 1890s, the streets of every great metropolis were enlivened  by large, colourful posters. The poster had not only caught the eye of the public, but it’s best examples were already being regarded as works of art, to be exhibited, reviewed in journals and collected.

In  1895, the Imprimerie Chaix firm published reduced chromolithographic versions of over 200 the best posters of the period by more than 90 great artists. This Chaix publication Les Maitres de l’Affiche, was issued as separate numbered lithographs, every month for 60 months from 1895 to 1900. Of the 97 artists represented all were prominent artists of the day. The lithograph was issued with an embossed seal at the lower right further signifying its authenticity.

From Chaix, Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. Paris

References:
Rennert, J. Master of the Posters 1896 – 1900. New York 1977 VIII, 1.
Dover publications, The Complete “Masters of the Poster. 2016 poster 11.

Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872 - 1949)

Nicholson was an English painter of still-life, landscape and portraits, also known for his work as a wood-engraver, illustrator, author of children's books and designer for the theatre. From 1893 to 1898 Nicholson collaborated with his brother-in-law James Pryde on poster design and other graphic work including signboard painting and book illustration. They called themselves the Beggarstaffs, or J. & W. Beggarstaff.

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