Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Sketch for 'My Study Fire' at the Cooper Hewitt Museum

This post relates to Dubansky entry 99-3 (p. 82), Morse's publsihed design for My Study Fire, by Hamilton W. Mabie, published by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1899. This sketch, a gouache painting, is one of Morse's original works in the Cooper Hewitt Museum. (Accession number 1943-33-1-9. Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.2 cm.) This design is a rare example of Morse's drawings at Cooper Hewitt that feature a book title. That is one of the reasons why I believe that it may be a design that Morse presented to her publisher for the cover of this book -- probably along with a drawing for the cover that was published. The published cover is quite similar. It features a cartouche much like this one, set into a rectangular panel design. Morse stated in an Art Interchange interview that she regularly presented two rough sketches to her publisher. I have not seen the original sketch for the published cover.   

Morse's book-cover design as published

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