Sunday, June 17, 2007

art imitates life

This illustration is from the Little Bright Eyes Storybook, pictured below. Published in 1901, it contained art by numerous artists of the day, including great-grandfather Chester Loomis.

I think you can see from this photo that Chester's mother-in-law Arvilla Dana (Sara Dana's mother) is the inspiration for the grandmother in the illustration.

The book is for sale on ebay at the moment -- click here to see the listing. Many thanks to Steve, the ebay seller, for sending a scan of the illustration.