Cover and illustration for Today's Housewife / The Peacock Robe
Date: 1921
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 23 3/8 × 15 3/4 in. (59.4 × 40 cm) frame: 29 3/8 × 21 7/8 in. (74.6 × 55.6 cm)
Illustration Citation: Cover for Today's Housewife, May 1921, and illustration for "The Peacock Robe," by Louise Rand Bascom in the same issue.
Credit Line: Louisa du Pont Copeland Memorial Fund, 1981
Object Number: 1981-4
About: This cover illustrated a serialized story about a young woman who receives an evening cloak decorated with layers of peacock feathers. As she leaves for an evening out, a neighbor warns that peacocks are bad luck, a plot development that lends a mysterious air to the story and its illustration. After studying with Howard Pyle in 1908, George Watson Barratt went on to a career in illustration, mural painting, and set design. The dramatic lighting, symmetrical placements, and carefully arranged costume in this scene suggest his theatrical interests.
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