Introduction From Arabian Nights

Artist:Louis Rhead
Date:1916
Medium:Pen & Ink Drawing
Dimensions:Sight Size 7" x 7" Framed 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Condition:Mint
Original Use:Original Illustration Art for "The Arabian Nights"
Price:Sold
Framed and matted under glass in antique Art Nouveau pie crust gesso frame

Framed and matted under glass in antique art nouveau pie crust gesso frame

Full view of pen & ink book illustration frontispiece

Full view of pen & ink book illustration frontispiece

Frame corner detail view

Frame corner detail view

A wonderful original work by the gifted and prolific English-born American illustrator Louis Rhead, this showcases four vignette images which appeared as the frontispiece and chapter letter headings from the 1916 Harper & Brothers published edition of The Arabian Nights. Scheherazade is shown with a long-necked lute, depicted in an ornate costume in this india ink greyscale illustration. This is framed in an antique art nouveau bat wing gesso frame.

Here are a few other examples of Louis Rhead cover and poster designs in a Belle-Epoque, Alphonse Mucha stylized Art Nouveau aesthetic. Original pen & ink works and watercolors by this artist are very scarce.



 

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