Advertising poster for The Lark, May 1895
Date: 1895
Medium: Three-color lithograph
Dimensions: sheet: 18 3/8 × 12 5/16 in. (46.7 × 31.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: Advertising poster for The Lark, May 1895
Credit Line: Acquired through the gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1993
Object Number: 1993-134
About: The Lark was a literary magazine published in San Francisco by Gelett Burgess and Bruce Porter between 1895 and 1897. The magazine published serious literature as well as nonsense poems—most famously “The Purple Cow” by Burgess—and other more playful material. Porter’s choice of a naked figure playing the pan-flute reflected the magazine’s free-spirited, bohemian sensibility. Advertisers employed subversive figures like pans, satyrs and devils to market products and publications outside the mainstream.
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