An Edwardian Calendar Girl
This is a large format, published watercolor and gouache painting on illustration board by the prolific American illustrator Henry Hutt.
This painting appeared as the January 1907 page of "The Henry Hutt Calendar".
In this portrait a cinched waist Edwardian beauty delights the eye with a cane and masquerade mask held in one hand while the other holds a bouquet of pink roses, presumably from one of her many suitors.
This is matted and not framed. A published calendar page is included in the sale. Condition is very good with some tanning to the board and some soiling in areas in the outer margins.
This illustration comes from the collection of esteemed illustration art collector Norman Platnick.
About the artist: Henry Hutt
Born in Chicago, Henry Hutt became an illustrator credited with being highly influential in setting styles by "depicting the stylish, up-to-date female" of the early 20th century. In 1908, his publication, The Henry Hutt Picture Book, a volume of more than eighty of his illustrations, published by Century Company was a popular gift.
He sold his first illustration to LIFE magazine when he was age 16, and continued to have many of those magazine commissions.
The Legacy of Norman Platnick
In his New York Times obituary, Norman Platnick’s son Will said that his father had three passions in life, his wife Nancy, spiders, and collecting.
Few individuals have the chance to leave a mark like Norm’s in even one field, let alone two. But Norm managed to be both a celebrated scientist, and one of the most influential lay historians of illustration art.
Under his imprint Enchantment Ink, Norm researched, wrote, and published collectors guides to artists like Rolf Armstrong and Earl Christy. We at Grapefruit Moon Gallery rely on these books in our work, and they are now all freely available as PDFs through the Enchantment Ink website.
Norm’s expertise was a gift, his friendship was a treasure, and his legacy is immeasurable. He is missed.