George Humphrey's Bookstore. At the Sign of the "Old Book Man"
Paris: Les Maitres de L'affiche, 1900. Plate 76 in the Les Maitres de L'Affiche series. Original stone Lithograph on vélin paper C. 1900
Printed by: Chaix 1899. Embossed with the publishers stamp to the lower right corner.
This image was created by a female artist named M. Louise Stowell to promote the bookseller situated in Rochester, New York. Both the design and the interesting use of typography were innovative for the period. It is a classic American image in a distinctive style. Her monogram appears in the lower right of the print. 395 by 285mm (15½ by 11¼ inches). Maîtres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) refers to 256 color lithographic plates used to create an art publication during the Belle Époque in Paris, France. The collection, reproduced from the original works of ninety-seven artists in a smaller 11 x 15 inch format, was put together by Jules Chéret, the father of poster art Every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900, subscribers received by mail, 4 loose sheets (Maitres) with a cover sheet. Designed for a subscription audience it showcased the most influential posters of the era in a collectible small format
Condition: In very good condition, unbacked. Blank verso. In a dark green aluminum BARTH® exchange frame; a four-point suspension system which distributes the weight of the frame evenly. It can be sold outside of this frame if desired.