Lanfear and Miss Gerald sat a moment in silence
Date: 1906
Medium: Ink, watercolor, and gouache on illustration board
Dimensions: 26 × 19 5/8 in. (66 × 49.8 cm) frame: 35 1/8 × 29 5/8 in. (89.2 × 75.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: "A Sleep and a Forgetting," by William Dean Howells, in Harper's Weekly, December 15, 1906
Credit Line: Gayle and Alene Hoskins Endowment Fund, 1982
Object Number: 1982-2
About: In this scene, a psychologist observes a young woman who inexplicably forgets each of their meetings once they part. Adamson's deft use of filtered light and shadows evokes the mysterious mood of William Dean Howells's story. Scottish by birth, Sydney Adamson was one of many artist-illustrators who worked in both London and New York from the 1890's through World War I. In 1906, when he illustrated this story, he was living in New York City, where he exhibited a painting at the National Academy of Design. Two years later, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.
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