Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.
Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.
Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.
Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.
Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.
(Gaskin, Georgie)

Original artwork for a Christmas card by Georgie Gaskin.

Gaskin, Georgie (illus.)

1896-1905. 5ff. An original pen & ink drawing and two proofs, one hand-colored and one printed, plus a final printed copy of a Christmas card designed by Georgie Gaskin for Laurence W. Hodson and his family. The card is for the year 1896 and depicts Santa Claus, heavily laden with sacks of toys, bestowing gifts upon two of the Hodsons' children. The drawing is signed "G.C. Gaskin," and it and the hand-colored proof have her pencilled notes at the bottom. Also included is a hand-colored rough illustration of three children at play that went unused. Georgie Gaskin and her husband, Arthur were heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Though Arthur Gaskin illustrated books, including The Shepheard's Calendar by the Kelmscott Press, the couple was more well known for their elegant handmade jewelry. Georgie designed the jewelry, which often featured elaborate patterns and intricate detailing, a characteristic that can readily be seen in this Christmas card design. The original drawing and hand-colored proof have a few spots of discoloration, not affecting the images, and the printed proof and extra hand-colored illustration are creased along the margins; the printed card was previously held in a mat and shows some mat burn to the front side with adhesive on the back; otherwise, the items in this collection are in near fine condition. Item #25128

Price: $5,500.00

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