The Song Without Words is an original Orientalist genre painting by the American artist and illustrator Daniel Content which appeared as a full page color plate in the May 1937 issue of The Ladies Home Journal. Illustrating a story by famed early frontier woman Rose Wilder Lane, the image was published along side a caption which reads “Brok showed her his great-grandfathers gun, but he said nothing of his lost home.” A framed example of the published and captioned illustration as it appeared in print is included in the sale.
This fresh-to-the-market, Florida estate find is a fine example of narrative interior story art from the Golden Age of Illustration. Incidentally, along with her own achievements as an author, Wilder Lane is remembered as “Baby Rose,” the real life daughter of Little House on the Prarie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The writer is also credited as one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.