Original design for an 1892 Christmas card.
Original design for an 1892 Christmas card.
Original design for an 1892 Christmas card.
(Gaskin, Georgie)

Original design for an 1892 Christmas card.

Gaskin, Georgie (illus.)

(Birmingham, England): 1892. An original pen-and-ink drawing for a Christmas card designed by Georgie Gaskin for Laurence W. Hodson and his family, together with a printed version of the card. Hodson, an important collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts, was a good friend of both William Morris and Georgie and Arthur Gaskin. Dated 1892, the card is illustrated with an elaborate grapevine design, reminiscent of the works of the Kelmscott Press, with children and birds incorporated into the pattern among the vines. The card is signed G. C. France: this was Georgie's maiden name, before she married Arthur Gaskin, a teacher and artist who produced woodcuts for the Kelmscott Press. Both Gaskins studied at the Birmingham School of Art, were strong proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, and embraced the style and ideas of William Morris. Georgie and Arthur Gaskin were also well-known for their elegant handmade jewelry; Georgie designed the jewelry, and her pieces often featured elaborate flowering vines, a characteristic that can readily be seen in the border of this Christmas card design. Drawing pasted on thick card, which is roughly trimmed; otherwise, the drawing and print are in fine condition. (Drawing measures 8 1/4 by 5 3/8 inches on a board that measures 8 1/2 by 5 11/16 inches; print measures 7 1/8 by 4 15/16 inches on an 8 3/8 by 5 1/2-inch piece of card). Item #27607

Price: $2,500.00

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