Selasa, 03 Februari 2009

Forget Me Not Friendship/Autograph Book

{Collaged page with what looks like a fantasy grained painted background }

Last night while I was searching for groundhog and woodchuck imagery, I came upon this lovely handmade friendship album from the early 19th century. The owner of the book was Anne Wagner ~ she and her circle of friends must have been well schooled in the arts of illustration, design and penmanship. The diminutive book is chock full of a combination of naively painted illustrations, collage work, wonderful graphic layouts and beautiful calligraphy ~ there are entries dated from 1795 to 1834.

Below is a good selection of pages from the book ~ all of the images are from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery ~ make sure to visit ~ you won't be sorry! What a treasure ~ wouldn't it just make your day to find something like this?!

{beribboned lock of hair}

{charming and romantic watercolors}

{patriotic? illustration}

{doodles from 1804}

{doesn't everyone have at least one friend who is a Viscountess?}

{interesting variety of graphic treatments ~ borders and layout}

{paper cuts and embossed foils collaged on painted background}

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