Illustration

A Very Esquire Christmas

By Andrea Degener on December 23, 2016

Esquire Magazine’s Christmas issue, published in December 1943, contains a wide variety of articles (everything from political to camp) interspersed with foldout pinups by Vargas in addition to numerous photography pieces and advertisements. One of the political pieces in this issue are the...

The Madcap Master Poet of the Improbable

By Maria Dorfman on December 15, 2016

“Madcap master poet of the improbable” was a phrase used by Pat Calhoun to describe the illustrator George Carlson (1887-1962). The words “madcap” and “improbable” refer to Carlson’s frequently nonsensical comic plot lines and illustrations for the Jingle...

Al Parker: Celebrity Illustrator

By Maria Dorfman on December 6, 2016

“I could praise the work for pages, but it might sound like a love letter.” J.W. Jemmings, letter to Al Parker, July 24, 1939. Imagine a magazine illustrator getting fan mail. Al Parker (1906-1985) was once one of the leading magazine illustrators in America. Born in St. Louis, Missou...

Between the Lines: The Illustrations of Frederic Varady

By Andrea Degener on December 1, 2016

Frederic Varady (1908-2002) had a distinctive style later in his career. When browsing through the Varady tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, it was intersting to see how his style evolved throughout his career. His illustrations from the 1940s appear to be the typical two-color il...

Norman Rockwell and Race: Complicating Rockwell’s Legacy

By a.jegede on November 22, 2016

If you were to ask someone today what they think of when they hear “Norman Rockwell”, their answer will most likely involve simplicity, sentimentality, and “traditional” American values. They might even mention his highly famous “Thanksgiving picture” (more formally known as “Fr...

Political Cartoons of 1908 and 1912

By Maria Dorfman on November 7, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election so rapidly approaching, it seems only fitting to look back at past elections for insight and perspective. The political cartoons of the 1908 and 1912 presidential campaigns are particularly illuminating, as they so clearly depict the same shifting balances of p...

Fendi Loves Kay Nielsen (and so do we!)

By l.sylvander on September 28, 2016

One glance at Kay Nielsen’s infectiously whimsical illustrations and you know they were meant to be brought to life. Luckily, Karl Lagerfeld did just that for the Fendi Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Haute Couture collection. The show this past July featured a number of modern-day princesses (Bella ...

Pike Exhibit – Strategies: Working on Site, Spring 2016 Projects

By Jennifer Akins on September 26, 2016

Professor Jeff Pike’s Strategies: Working on Site, Spring 2016 Projects will be on view in our interior case through October 21, 2016. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, students designed and created these printed, bound books which are an analysis of a place, event or an activity. P...

What’s Happening at MGHL: Arrow Collar & Bishop Family Collections

By Andrea Degener on July 20, 2016

Two new MGHL collections are processed and ready for use. The Arrow Collar Collection and Bishop Family Collection can be browsed through online finding aids or by making an appointment to view the collections. The Arrow Collar Collection was donated by Washington University alum Michael Murphy. ...