Frank Hamilton Taylor (1846-1927) American Illustrator Rare Cut Signature For Sale
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FRANK HAMILTON TAYLOR (1846-1927)
American Illustrator RARE Cut Signature
Frank H. Taylor (1846-1927) artist newspaper and magazine Illustrator
RARE signed cut signature measuring approximately 3.25 inches x 0.5 inch.
Overall in fine condition.
Frank H. Taylor (1846-1927)
Taylor as "Special Artist": During the mid-1870s, Taylor embarked on a role providing illustrations and text for articles for a succession of different newspapers and magazines over the course of his long life. This role was the principal subject of Nancy L. Gustke's well-researched 1995 book, The Special Artist in American Culture: A Biography of Frank Hamilton Taylor (1846-1927) -- and her 1991 University of New Hampshire dissertation on which it was based -- the best modern historiography on Taylor's life and work.
Gustke reports that Taylor had contributed an illustration to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, a weekly, as early as September 1872, but especially important in this regard was Taylor's regular connection as a special artist with the New York Daily Graphic, touted as the first illustrated daily newspaper in this country. The Daily Graphic was established in 1872, and Taylor joined the enterprise two years later. Scrutiny of the run of the Daily Graphic [reportedly accessible digitally at Rutgers] would doubtlessly document his role much more fully, but a few articles (figs. 4.1-4.3) will demonstrate the kind of work this entailed. These illustrations were usually event-based, and most were captioned as being "from the Philadelphia Art Bureau of the Daily Graphic" and signed by Taylor, but some instances were not credited this way or were initialed by others. He may have illustrated some articles of his own authorship such as "The Freak of a Tramp," about broken plate glass windows on a Chestnut Street shop (fig. 4.3) in 1876. But the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia that year was a key, recurring topic.
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