On Assignment: American Illustration 1850-1950
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
March 6 – October 10, 2010
The impact of book and magazine illustration in the era from 1850 to 1950 can hardly be overstated. Original art was everywhere, contemporary prints were on the walls of every home and business in America, and many of the country's foremost artists made their living from commercial work before the market largely dried up due to technical advances in color photography.
This exhibition has works by well-known painters such as Howard Pyle, F.O.C. Darley and Elizabeth Shippen Green, but many of the highlights are by artists you'll never have heard of. Despite a resurgence in interest in classic illustrative art, many talented artists from this Golden Age remain virtually unknown.