Ethel Reed, America's Aubrey Beardsley
Grolier Club member Angelina Lippert, Chief Curator of NYC's Poster House, will be the speaker at the club’s New York location on November 10 from 6pm to 7.30pm. An ADA-compliant lift from street level to the lobby is available to anyone with mobility issues. Tickets are available from eventbrite.
Reed (1874-1912) was a Boston poster artist and graphic designer particularly popular in the 1890s in the US and Europe. Largely self-taught, her contemporaries remarked on her work's resemblance to that of Aubrey Beardsley. Her reputation as a poster artist is still high and her posters sell well. Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young draws on work from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, part of the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press. The exhibition, which runs until November 12 in the club’s second floor gallery area, focuses on the short-lived 19th century English illustrator whose playful and sometimes controversial work is still popular among collectors today.
The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection’s Beardsley holding includes prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs, posters, manuscripts, first editions, proofs, association and presentation copies of books, periodicals, theater programs, and paper ephemera. It was assembled by Grolier Club member, Mark Samuels Lasner and Margaret D. Stetz, the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, who have co-curated this exhibition.