The Golden Age of Illustration was a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration which began in the late nineteenth century and lasted until the outbreak of WW1.
It developed from advances in technology permitting accurate and inexpensive reproduction of art combined with a voracious public demand for new graphic art. Golden age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and by such design-oriented movements as the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau.
Celebrated artists were most often men but as educational opportunity opened up to women in the later 19th century, women artists joined professional enterprises, and also founded their own art associations. But artwork by 'lady artists' was considered inferior. To help overcome that stereotype women became increasingly vocal and confident in promoting their work, as part of the emerging image of the educated, modern and freer "New Woman". As more women entered the artistic community, publishers hired women to create illustrations which depicted the world through women's perspectives.
This 50-image graphics collection includes works by renowned American Golden-Age women illustrators Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Anna Whelan Betts, Ethel Franklin Betts, Elenore Plaisted Abbott, Maria Kirk, Katharine Pyle and Sarah Stilwell.
There are also notes on each artist and a description of the Golden Age of Illustration - everything you'll need to present a lecture or give a lesson on Women Golden Age Illustrators with little or no preparation required.
What's more, all of the images in this collection are out of copyright therefore you can use/re-use them for whatever purpose you like, no permission required and no royalties to pay! Have fun with them!