Original watercolor diptych from A Masque of Days.
1901. Two watercolor illustrations on paper, each measuring 7 5/8 by 11 inches (194 x 275 mm), and each signed with Crane's monogram in the lower left corner. This is the original artwork for the spread on pages five and six of A Masque of Days, and it shows twelve winged foot-pages carrying invitation cards. The text above, in Crane's calligraphic script, informs the reader that "cards of invitation had been issued" to commemorate the passage of the year, and "(t)he carriers were THE HOURS" who "went all round and found out the persons invited well enough, with the exceptions of Easter Day, Shrove Tuesday, and a few such Moveable who had lately shifted their quarters." A fine example of a mature work by Crane, together with a copy of the published book. (Item ID: 24136)