Friday, September 6, 2013

Occupations of Women: Book Ornamentation - Title Page Design

This lovely gouache painting in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum was described on the verso, by Morse, as a "book ornamentation - title page." As with most of Morse's drawings at the Cooper Hewitt, I have not seen this design in published form -- but I also haven't seen copies of either edition of a book that it may have been designed for entitled, What Women Can Earn: Compensations Occupations of Women and Their CompensationNew York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1899. I will be looking for copies of this book to see if Morse's title page is present and if you have copies in your collection or inventory, please look to see if you see it there and let me know what you find.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Morse's Designs for Art Amateur - Candy Dishes

While I did mention this design from Art Amateur in my book, I was not able to illustrate it. Here are Morse's designs for candy dishes from Art Amateur. 1897. Vol. 36, no.2. (Dubansky, page 39, note 52.)

Embroidery Design for Doilies, Another Design from Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar. October 17, 1896; 29, 42 (Proquest)

This is another one of several designs which Alice C. Morse created for embroideries, china painting and phyrography for Harper's Bazaar in the 1890s. Look closely and you can see her signature in the lower left corner of the design.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Embroidery Designs in Harper's Bazaar

In addition to designing book covers, Alice C. Morse produced designs for pyrography, china and embroideries for several periodicals, including Art Amateur and the Art Interchange, Corticelli Home Needlework and Harper's Bazaar (see Dubansky pp. 13-14).  Here are two of her designs with Chrismas and plant motifs for Harper's Bazaar in 1896.

From Harper's Bazaar; November 21, 1896. This periodical is available on Proquest.