Image features a design for endpapers by Arthur Rackham. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Horrific Design
Arthur Rackham created this captivating endpapers design for Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, published in London by George G. Harrap & Co. in 1935. The book brings Poe’s tales of horror and suspense—including such favorites as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”—together with the expressive...
In a doorway flanked by columns stands a man in heavy dress. Above doorway, a bust in relief. Notations visible in ink.
Mysterious Stranger
Does the artist behind this drawing simply intend to represent a doorway, or rather use this as an elaborate pretext in creating a portrait of a mysterious figure? Such a question will undoubtedly remain unanswered. Through a seemingly simple combination of architectural elements surrounding a male figure, Barberi conveys something distinctly atmospheric. With cloak thrown...
Coming Soon – Set in Style
Marlene Dietrich & Marjorie Merriweather Post What do Marlene Dietrich and Marjorie Merriweather Post have in common? They both wore jewels that will be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, opening on February 18th at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The jarretière bracelet (on the...