Exhibit | May 1, 2011

Victorian Illustrations on Exhibit at the Bookshop in Old New Castle

NEW CASTLE, Delaware (May 1, 2011) The Kelmscott Bookshop is presenting a month??long exhibition of original art work by two noted illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Louis Rhead (1857??1926) was a British??born American artist. His talent was evident early, and he studied art in Paris before being named at the age of twenty-four as the Art Director for D. Appleton, a U.S. publishing firm. In the early 1890s Rhead became a prominent poster artist. As the interest in posters waned in the late 1890s he turned to book illustration. He illustrated numerous children’s books, including Heidi, Robinson Crusoe, Hans Brinker, and Swiss Family Robinson.

This is a collection of 15 finished drawings and 46 preliminary studies done for several of his books. These accomplished and charming works are done in both pen and ink and pencil. They vary in size and paper used. There are drawings for Hans Brinker, Heidi, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Arabian Nights, as well as many others.

Also on exhibit are the illustrations done by Harry Furniss (1854??1925). This is a collection of 31 original pen and ink drawings that Furniss did as illustrations for his last book, Paradise in Piccadilly, a History of Albany, and the many celebrities who lived there over time, including Lord Byron, Gladstone, Bulwer??Lytton, Disraeli, and many other notables. Furniss, who died in 1925, was a noted illustrator and caricaturist. He wrote and illustrated twenty??nine books of his own, and illustrated over thirty books by other authors. The drawings for this book vary in size and in the type of paper used. Each drawing is signed, and many have the titles of the subject and notes to the printer. This is a delightful trove of original illustrations by a popular artist of his time.

This exhibit will be on display at The Bookshop in Old New Castle from May 1??31, 2011. The shop is located on the second floor of the historic opera house at 308 Delaware Street in New Castle, Delaware. It is part of a rotating series of monthly exhibits offered by the four booksellers who comprise the bookshop, which opened May 1, 2010. They are Oak Knoll Books, Between the Covers Rare Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown, all members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Each exhibit will highlight fine materials that represent each bookseller’s specialties.

About The Kelmscott Bookshop
The Kelmscott Bookshop was founded in the 1970s. Its current owner acquired the store in 2003. The shop specializes in fine and private press, artists’ books, William Morris and the Pre??Raphaelites, literature, book arts, and children’s books. Fine books are offered in other subject areas as well.

Contact: Susannah Horrom