A Bachelor Maid
Medium: Two-color commercial lithograph
Dimensions: composition: 11 3/16 × 15 7/8 in. (28.4 × 40.3 cm)
sheet: 12 3/16 × 17 in. (31 × 43.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: Advertising poster for A Bachelor Maid, by Constance C. (Mrs. Burton) Harrison, illustrated by Irving R. Wiles (New York: The Century Co., 1894)
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1977
About: Irving Ramsey Wiles' first art teacher was his father, the landscape painter Lemuel Maynard Wiles. After his studies in New York and Paris, the younger Wiles worked as an illustrator for American magazines, and later devoted himself to portraiture.
This poster would have been displayed in a bookstore. The bachelor maid of the novel's title represented a cadre of single women at the turn of the twentieth century who chose lives independent of men. Bachelor Maids' clubs proliferated, generating much press coverage of this modern phenomenon.
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