Item #32882 Posters of the Vision Children of Childhood. Elizabeth Brownell.
Posters of the Vision Children of Childhood.
Posters of the Vision Children of Childhood.
Posters of the Vision Children of Childhood.
(Children's Book)

Posters of the Vision Children of Childhood.

Brownell, Elizabeth (illus.)

Chicago: American Plate and Picture Company, 1903. Quarto. 89pp. Illustrated with nineteen black & white mounted photographs. Brownell's photographs are portraits of children accompanied by excerpts from her verses, and with translucent overlays, with poetry from Whittier, Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, and others. Of particular interest among this group is an image of a smiling boy with a leg brace and a crutch, accompanied by a verse bearing the unfortuate title "The Happy Little Cripple" by Brownell, riffing off James Whitcomb Riley. A noted Chicago photographer, Brownell was profiled by Ladies' Home Journal in January 1902, around the time these photographs were taken, and is described as a "great success in the rich but hitherto untouched field of the art [of photography] as applied to book illustration" and a careful portraitist who trains her subjects "for pose and expression." Brownell is perhaps best-known for the portrait of Jane Addams that appears in Twenty Years at Hull House, as well as her photographs of the children of working class Chicagoans. Bound in teal cloth over boards, ornamented in an Art Nouveau style in white and black and with photograph to upper cover. Trace edgewear, translucent sheets toned and fragile as expected, else near fine. Item #32882

Price: $1,350.00

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