Thursday, March 5, 2009

Golden Age of Illustration



These beautiful illustrations are the work of a little known Brooklyn born artist,
Ethel McClellan Plummer, 1888-1936. She worked during the Golden Age of Illustration in America which lasted from 1880 until the end of World War I. There was a boom in illustrations, as the popularity and demand for newspapers, magazines and illustrated books grew. Technology was also vastly improving which allowed for colorful reproductions of art in mass produced publications. I adore the simplicity of Ethel's drawings, they remind me of of the wonderful work of my friend Vivienne Strauss.

9 comments:

Coco said...

Really nice. I like them. Really like the first one. It seems so whimsical.

Coco

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Hi my pal, Linda! It is so good to be home and have a chance to do some skimming in the first attempt to get caught up on my blog buddies. I knew you would be a challenge to get caught up with and I was right - so many scrumptious posts that I will be visiting awhile to soak in!

Thank you for your friendship and support, Linda. You are one of my oldest blog buddies and I so appreciate you and have missed your lovely perspective of all the beauty in this life.

marsha

LiLi M. said...

This must be a dream to be able to put a few spots of paint, draw a few lines et voilà, a beautiful drawing.
Thanks for sharing!

Kate Gabrielle said...

They're so dainty! Where did you find these images? I'd love to see more of her artwork!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

They are so beautiful!
There's so much out there that I know absolutely nothing about! I'm so glad you featured them.

Holly Loves Art said...

How lovely! Thank you for sharing. It's alwasy nice to come here and get caught up. I love the music that is playing!

Jen r. said...

I love those illustrations! I saw your profile and realized you were another Chi girl! Hi! :) jen

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love that style--so simple with just a few elegant lines--but still so detailed.

vivienne strauss said...

Thank you for the introduction to Ethel Plummer, I can't believe I've never run across her before and your sweet comparison made me blush :) thank you!