Advertising poster for Boston Park Guide
Medium: Commercial lithograph
Dimensions: composition: 17 3/4 × 11 in. (45.1 × 27.9 cm)
sheet: 19 × 12 in. (48.3 × 30.5 cm)
Illustration Citation: Advertisement for Boston Park Guide by Sylvester Baxter
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1977
About: While Charles Herbert Woodbury was a painter, known especially for his coastal New England scenes. But he also benefited from the "poster craze" of the 1890s, when American organizations - following the success of their French counterparts - employed artists to design posters for advertising and various types of public information.
In her 1895 article The Art of the Poster, journalist Lilian Whiting described this work as an exemplar of posters that do not merely inform but serve as "a thing of beauty, an object to communicate a thrill of delight, and a power to enlarge the general outlook of life."
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