Original design for an 1895 Christmas card.
Original design for an 1895 Christmas card.
(Gaskin, Georgie)

Original design for an 1895 Christmas card.

Gaskin, Georgie (illus.)

(Olton, Warwickshire, England): 1895. An original pen-and-ink drawing for a Christmas card designed by Georgie Gaskin for Laurence W. Hodson and his family. Hodson, an important collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts, was a good friend of both William Morris and Georgie and her husband Arthur Gaskin. Dated 1895, the card is illustrated with an elaborate border of acanthus leaves, reminiscent of the works of the Kelmscott Press, surrounding a nativity scene of three kings presenting gifts to the swaddled child, held in Mary's lap. Text above the scene comes from the 15th-century Christmas carol "Make We Joy In This Feast," while below the image reads, "Laurence & Mary Hodson send greetings, Yuletide MDCCCXCV." Georgie signed the card G. C. Gaskin, and her corrections can be seen in the fall of Mary's clothing and the elaborate patterns in the Magi's robes. The center image appears to have been excised and replaced with the current scene. Georgie and Arthur Gaskin studied at the Birmingham School of Art, were strong proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, and embraced the style and ideas of William Morris. The couple 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. The back of the card reads "Georgie Cave Gaskin - Olton - Warwickshire-," and the front shows a pencil notation indicating to what measure the image should be reduced above the drawing. Artwork pasted onto thick card, which is roughly trimmed and shows a bit of edgewear, else fine. (Drawing measures 6 15/16 by 5 13/16 inches). Item #27610

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