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Illustrated Title Page of the Hesperian, (graphics)

Artist:
VanVleck, D.
Medium:
Engraving, wood
Type:
Graphic arts
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Wood engraving. Special premium. S.G.M. [P. 193.] Engraving on Wood--D. Van Vleck, San Francisco. "Illuminated title page of the 'Hesperian'"--first premium. . . . The "Hesperian," or Star of the West, is a most fitting name for a literary periodical published on the far-off shores of the Pacific, and the engraver, by his superior workmanship, has carried out in effective style the beautiful conception of its fair editress, as designed by those admirable draftsmen, the Nahl Brothers. The elements of power that pertain to xylography, is evidenced in the bold relief imparted by the cleanness and clearness of the lines cut into the wood, to the three gracefully arranged maidens represented the woman of our State, who have put forth their bewitching hands to appropriate some of the golden apples from the tree of literature, transplanted now successfully among us. The old dragon of ignorance in the background, who watches so zealously, appears to be well aware that the pictorial arts are steadily growing to be the habitual vehicle, through the eye to the mind, for an immense amount of knowledge; and that, inasmuch as wood cuts can be printed with the utmost facility on the type press, composed with letter press, and worked off . . . in almost unlimited numbers, the strongholds of ignorance, superstition, and barbarism, have everything to fear. [P. 281.]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: San Francisco.
Topic:
Mythology--Classical
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Art
Animal--Reptile--Snake
Fantasy
Allegory--Quality--Prudence
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Literature
Control number:
AECI 02610097
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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