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Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952
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Emily Elliott collection

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  • Collection
  • 1861-1925

Collection consists of illustrations clipped from fashion magazines, general-interest periodicals, children’s
picture books and other illustrated books, bringing together the work of over 275 illustrators published
between the 1860s and the 1920s, chiefly in the United States, Britain and Canada.
Fashion magazine covers in series 1 featuring imaginative and extravagant costumes are full colour
lithographs, as are most of the sheets in series 4 (Illustrations from publications for children). Illustrations
in series 2 (Book and magazine illustrations) are largely achromatic images depicting events in fictional
and poetic works, and include printed black-and-white wood engravings. Many folders contain a single
sheet of illustration by one artist, while series 3 (Gustave Doré illustrations) consists of more than two
hundred published wood engravings by prolific French artist Gustave Doré. The collection of over 3000
items offers a perspective on the era of illustration by graphic artists before it was largely superseded
(except in children’s literature) by photography.

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Illustrations from publications for children

Series comprises sheets of illustrations clipped chiefly from early-20th-century children’s books and magazines and from material intended for children or picturing children in periodicals such as Collier’s, Country life and The delineator. The illustrations accompany fairy tales and children’s stories, depict children at play, or portray animals. Series consists of the work of 62 identified artists, including Frank Adams, Frank Godwin, George Vernon Stokes, Jessie Willcox Smith and Blanche Fisher Wright. Illustrations are also taken from The child’s natural history (Boston : DeWolf Fiske, [190-?]) with pictures by unidentified artists, and Favourite animals (London : Dean & Son, [1905?]) with pictures by Stanley Berkeley (1855–1909) and other artists not named. Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith include 3 magazine covers with images of children from Good housekeeping, Jan. 1918 and Jan. 1919, and The ladies’ home journal, Nov. 1912.
The number of items per illustrator extends from a single sheet in the case of 25 of the artists to the more numerous illustrations (47) by Frank Adams. Many sheets are illustrated on both sides. The earliest illustrations are probably those by Thomas Landseer from the 1880s and the latest by Frank Godwin (1925).

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Gustave Doré illustrations

Series comprises approximately 240 printed sheets of black-and-white and greyscale wood engravings (prints) from drawings by French printmaker, painter and sculptor Gustave Doré (1832–1883). Perhaps the oldest sheets of illustrations in this series are in a partial, disbound copy of Doré’s Two hundred sketches humorous and grotesque, while other leaves with images are from The beautiful story by James William Buel (1849–1920), and from editions of Inferno by Dante Alighieri (1235–1321) and Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616).

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Book and magazine illustrations

United States from the mid-19th century to around 1915. These include the work of 132 artists, for which predominant sources were monthly and weekly periodicals featuring fiction with captioned narrative illustrations, including The Century magazine, Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Cornhill magazine, The delineator, Everybody’s magazine, Good words, Harper’s monthly magazine, Harper’s weekly, The leisure hour, London society, McClure’s magazine, Scribner’s magazine and Scribner’s monthly.
Several illustrations come from mid-19th-century books such as those created by Myles Birket Foster for his Beauties of English landscape (London : George Routledge and Sons, 1874), by Thomas Creswick for Poems by Alfred Tennyson (London : E. Moxon & Co., 1866) and by John Dawson Watson for The pilgrim’s progress by John Bunyan (London : Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1861).
Other sources were general-interest magazines and fashion magazines, including The bookman, Harper’s bazar, The illustrated London news, Life and Vanity fair, that contained sections featuring the artwork of illustrators. A small number of magazine covers in colour and some pages from U.S. newspapers are included The folder of illustrations by John Tenniel includes an issue of The art journal ([April], 1901, designated “The art annual”) consisting of “The life and works of Sir John Tenniel” by Cosmo Monkhouse.

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952

Fashion magazine covers

Series comprises 477 magazine covers, predominantly from early 20th-century issues of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity fair, Harper’s bazar (after Nov. 1929, Harper’s bazaar) and The delineator. Series also includes a small number of covers from general-interest periodicals such as Collier’s and The Saturday evening post, art magazines such as Shadowland, and other magazines, issued chiefly in the United States and Canada. The covers feature the art of over 80 named illustrators, chiefly American artists. Often fanciful, the images provide colourful illustration of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design in the period, primarily in women’s clothing, and include the work of prominent magazine illustrators Helen Dryden, Erté, Anne Harriet Fish, C. Coles Phillips and George Wolfe Plank. The techniques used to create the cover designs were predominantly drawing and painting, although two 1913 covers for the magazine Dress and Vanity fair are illustrated with uncredited photographs. Advertisements for automobiles, cosmetics, clothing and household products appear on verso of the covers. Some files include duplicate items or the same cover image from different editions of a magazine.

Elliott, Emily Louise (Orr), 1867–1952