Frontispiece and Dust Jacket for The Door of the Double Dragon
Date: 1920
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 29 1/4 × 19 5/8 in. (74.3 × 49.8 cm) frame: 33 1/4 × 23 5/8 in. (84.5 × 60 cm)
Illustration Citation: The Door of the Double Dragon, a Romance of the China of Yesterday and To-Day, by Hector Blanding (New York: W.J. Watt and Co., 1920)
Credit Line: Louisa du Pont Copeland Memorial Fund, 1977
Object Number: 1977-237
About: George Gage’s cover sets the mood for this novel about China—still an exotic locale for most American readers in 1920. The central character is a young American woman who goes to China to paint a portrait of the emperor. Gage combines colorful and ornate doors with a shadowy space beyond, suggesting both the pleasures and the uncertainties of the artist’s experience.
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