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Louis Rhead

English-born American artist, illustrator, author and angler.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1895
Prang's easter publications
Louis' father was a highly respected gilder and ceramic artist. In the 1870s, George Rhead taught art and design in Staffordshire schools and founded Fenton School of Art. Louis and all his siblings attended their father's art classes and worked in the potteries as children. Because Louis demonstrated exceptional talent, when he was thirteen in 1872, his father sent him to study in Paris, France with artist Gustave Boulanger. In 1879 he gained a scholarship at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, London.

In 1883 at the age of twenty-four, Louis Rhead was offered and accepted a position as Art Director for the U.S. publishing firm of D. Appleton in New York City. He married and lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn for forty years.

In the early 1890s, Rhead became a prominent poster artist. During the poster craze of the early 1890s, Rhead's poster art appeared regularly in Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Magazine, St. Nicolas, Century Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Scribner's Magazine. In 1895 he won a Gold Medal for Best American Poster Design at the first International Poster Show in Boston.

Louis Rhead was one of the most creative, fresh-thinking, and stimulating of American fly-fishing writers, a man of extraordinary gifts. His death was somewhat unusual. A portion of his obituary in The New York Times, Friday July 30, 1926:

LOUIS RHEAD, ARTIST AND ANGLER, DEAD. Exhausted Recently by Long Struggle In Capturing a 30-pound Turtle.
... About two weeks ago Mr. Rhead set out to catch a turtle weighing thirty pounds which had been devastating trout ponds on his place, Seven Oaks. After the turtle was hooked, it put up a fight for more than half an hour. Although Mr. Rhead was successful in the end, he became exhausted. A short time later he suffered from his first attack of heart disease. Yesterday's was his second.
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Winter tales for winter nights

Winter tales for winter nights

Color poster by Louis John Rhead, 1857-1926. [Issued by] the New York Sunday Press. New York, Ellery-Howard Co. Signed iwth the artist's monogram. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 189-. This record contains unverifi... more

Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume

Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C83. 189- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead.

The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead.

Poster with art nouveau aspects showing a seated woman holding a palette and paint brushes. Promotional goal: Fr .D41 189-. Title from item. Publication Artistique de La Plume.

Harper's Bazar, Easter

Harper's Bazar, Easter

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1893?

Ricksecker Perfumes

Ricksecker Perfumes

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Poster shows a drawing of a turkey and pumpkins around a photo of a woman in a pilgrim dress preparing squash. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional go... more

The history of over sea by William Morris

The history of over sea by William Morris

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894

Century Magazine - Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead.

Century Magazine - Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead.

Art nouveau poster showing a woman seated under tree and reading Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894.

Harper's Bazar: Thanksgiving

Harper's Bazar: Thanksgiving

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The Century: Holiday Number: St. Nicholas for Young Folks, August

The Century: Holiday Number: St. Nicholas for Young Folks, August

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Lundborg's Perfumes

Lundborg's Perfumes

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

St. Nicholas for young folks, edited by Mary Mapes Dodge, August holiday number now ready : The Century Co., New York / Louis Rhead

St. Nicholas for young folks, edited by Mary Mapes Dodge, August holid...

Girl and two dogs looking at magazine. Color lithograph by Louis John Rhead. Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1894. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Harper's Bazar, Xmas 1894

Harper's Bazar, Xmas 1894

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894

The Century Magazine: Midsummer Holiday Number

The Century Magazine: Midsummer Holiday Number

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Meadow Grass

Meadow Grass

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The bookman, Christmas number

The bookman, Christmas number

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895

Try Vio-Violet a New Lundborg Perfume

Try Vio-Violet a New Lundborg Perfume

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Photochrome engraving company

Photochrome engraving company

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D3. 1895

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown $1.50 net / Rhead.

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown $1.50 net / Rhead.

A meadow. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1895.

Prang's Publications: Easter

Prang's Publications: Easter

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The Century: XMAS

The Century: XMAS

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

St. Nicholas, "the ideal magazine for young folks." The beautiful Christmas number

St. Nicholas, "the ideal magazine for young folks." The beautiful Chri...

Printer's note lower left: G.H. Buek & Co., N.Y., lith. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895 Gift; J.H. Corning estate.

The Century for Xmas / L.J.R.

The Century for Xmas / L.J.R.

Bearded man, with crown of holly, carrying tray of hot plum pudding, and two children holding candles. Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895. Copyright by The Century Co.

The Century: Midsummer Holiday Number

The Century: Midsummer Holiday Number

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Scribner's for Xmas

Scribner's for Xmas

Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1895. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: I. Title.

Scribners: XMAS

Scribners: XMAS

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Morning Journal

Morning Journal

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

L. Prang & Co.s: Holiday

L. Prang & Co.s: Holiday

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The Sun

The Sun

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

July, August, September

July, August, September

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The New York Herald: Easter Number

The New York Herald: Easter Number

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The New York Herald: XMAS Number

The New York Herald: XMAS Number

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Poster calendar for 1897. April, May, June

Poster calendar for 1897. April, May, June

Color poster by Louis John Rhead, 1857-1926. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: I. Title. Posters; Calendars.

Portrait of Mr. Louis J. Rhead

Portrait of Mr. Louis J. Rhead

Photographs shows Louis Rhead, seated, resting his chin on his hand. Title from item. Illus. in: A collection of seventeen photographs of posters designed by Louis J. Rhead : with a portrait of the artist. New ... more

Meadow Grass

Meadow Grass

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Poster Calendar, 1897

Poster Calendar, 1897

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

The New York Herald Sunday March 22nd 1896. A newspaper marvel... Easter number

The New York Herald Sunday March 22nd 1896. A newspaper marvel... East...

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896

The Pocket magazine

The Pocket magazine

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1896

The Pocket magazine

The Pocket magazine

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896

James Pyle's pearline washing compund

James Pyle's pearline washing compund

Border lettering: Original and best and leading washing compound. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C1. 1896

The Century Magazine: June

The Century Magazine: June

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Cassell's Magazine: December

Cassell's Magazine: December

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

October, November, December

October, November, December

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

April, May, June

April, May, June

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

L. Prang & Co.'s holiday publications

L. Prang & Co.'s holiday publications

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1896

The evolution of church music by the Rev. Frank Landon Humphreys with a preface by the Bishop of New York

The evolution of church music by the Rev. Frank Landon Humphreys with ...

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. K9. 1896

January, February, March

January, February, March

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Poster calendar by L. Prang & Co.,

Poster calendar by L. Prang & Co.,

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress)

Salon des cent

Salon des cent

Louis John Rhead (American, born England, 1857–1926)

Packer's tar soap

Packer's tar soap

Poster shows a man shampooing another man's hair. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C26. 191- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

Millions now use Pearline. James Pyles's Pearline washing compound the great invention..

Millions now use Pearline. James Pyles's Pearline washing compound the...

Poster shows a mother and child washing clothes. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C26. 191- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

Scribner's Christmas number
L. Prang & Co's holiday
Prang's easter publications
Salon des Cent

Salon des Cent

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The Century containing...the new life of Napoleon, Christmas number

The Century containing...the new life of Napoleon, Christmas number

Poster shows a woman in an Aesthetic dress holding peacock on a platter. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1894.

Packer's tar soap...for the hair and skin Louis J. Rhead

Packer's tar soap...for the hair and skin Louis J. Rhead

Advertisement showing young woman, half lgth., holding up her long hair. Color lithograph by Louis John Rhead, copyrighted by Edw. A. Olds, N.Y.C. Promotional goal: U.S. C1. 1895. This record contains unverifie... more

The Century, midsummer holiday number

The Century, midsummer holiday number

Poster shows a woman with a fan with sailboats in the background. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895

William Caxton made his own ink, but you can have yours made by The Ault & Wiborg Co

William Caxton made his own ink, but you can have yours made by The Au...

Poster showing two men with printing press. 18805H(?) U.S. Copyright Office "The Caxton Press." Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C29. 1896

The Century magazine for June

The Century magazine for June

Poster shows a woman reading amid yellow flowers. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896.

Cleveland World - Easter number

Cleveland World - Easter number

Poster shows a two page magazine cover illustrated with half length view of woman and an advertisement for Kimball Pianos. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Pr... more

Poster calendar for 1898

Poster calendar for 1898

Cover of 5-page calendar. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Calendars; Posters; Publ. Ind.

Poster calendar [for] 1897. January, February, March

Poster calendar [for] 1897. January, February, March

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Gift; J.H. Corning estate.

Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894

Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.312.Title: Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1894.Physical description: 1 print : lithograph, color ; 41 x 58 c... more

A woman stands looking at two peacocks.

A woman stands looking at two peacocks.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.563.Title: A woman stands looking at two peacocks. .Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print : li... more

Lundborg's perfumes

Lundborg's perfumes

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.339.Title: Lundborg's perfumes.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1894 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 46... more

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.336.Title: Meadow-grass by Alice Brown.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : Copeland and Day.Date issued: 1895.Physical description:... more

Packer's tar soap

Packer's tar soap

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.340.Title: Packer's tar soap.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, colo... more

Poster calendar.

Poster calendar.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.311.Title: Poster calendar..Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : L. Prang & Co. .Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical descr... more

Prang's Easter publications

Prang's Easter publications

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.389.Title: Prang's Easter publications.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, co... more

Scribners for Xmas

Scribners for Xmas

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.314.Title: Scribners for Xmas.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1895 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 51 ... more

St. Nicholas for young folks, August. Holiday number now ready

St. Nicholas for young folks, August. Holiday number now ready

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.84.Title: St. Nicholas for young folks, August. Holiday number now ready.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical desc... more

St. Nicholas, the beautiful Christmas number.

St. Nicholas, the beautiful Christmas number.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.313.Title: St. Nicholas, the beautiful Christmas number..Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: The Century Co. .Date issued: 1890-1920 (approx... more

The bookman Christmas number for sale here

The bookman Christmas number for sale here

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.317.Title: The bookman Christmas number for sale here.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: N. Y. : Dodd Mead & Company.Date issued: 1890-1920... more

The bookman Xmas number

The bookman Xmas number

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.315.Title: The bookman Xmas number.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: N. Y. : Dodd Mead & Co. .Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physica... more

The century for Xmas

The century for Xmas

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.319.Title: The century for Xmas.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1895- (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ;... more

The century magazine for June

The century magazine for June

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.334.Title: The century magazine for June.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896.Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 54 ... more

The century, August

The century, August

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.383.Title: The century, August.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1895.Physical description: 1 painting : watercolor, color ; 53 x 39 cm..Summary... more

The century, Christmas number.

The century, Christmas number.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.321.Title: The century, Christmas number..Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lit... more

The century, midsummer holiday number

The century, midsummer holiday number

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.337.Title: The century, midsummer holiday number.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1895- (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : li... more

The courant. 1896 Easter number

The courant. 1896 Easter number

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.331.Title: The courant. 1896 Easter number.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896.Physical description: 1 print : lithograph, color ; 47 x 59 cm... more

The evolution of church music

The evolution of church music

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.323.Title: The evolution of church music.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: New York : Charles Screibner's Sons.Date issued: 1890-1920 (app... more

The modern cleanser, millions now use Pearline

The modern cleanser, millions now use Pearline

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.328.Title: The modern cleanser, millions now use Pearline.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print : lith... more

The pocket magazine, April, 1896

The pocket magazine, April, 1896

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.86.Title: The pocket magazine, April, 1896.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896.Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 4... more

Try Vio-Violet, a new Lundborg perfume.

Try Vio-Violet, a new Lundborg perfume.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.91.Title: Try Vio-Violet, a new Lundborg perfume..Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print (poste... more

Woman looking over her shoulder with stylized flowers in the background

Woman looking over her shoulder with stylized flowers in the backgroun...

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.310.Title: Woman looking over her shoulder with stylized flowers in the background.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Phy... more

Worcester evening gazette. Easter souvenir.

Worcester evening gazette. Easter souvenir.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.332.Title: Worcester evening gazette. Easter souvenir. .Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1897.Physical description: 1 print : lithograph, color... more

A woman stands looking at two peacocks.

A woman stands looking at two peacocks.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.563.Title: A woman stands looking at two peacocks. .Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print : li... more

Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894

Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.312.Title: Harper's bazar Thanksgiving 1894.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1894.Physical description: 1 print : lithograph, color ; 41 x 58 c... more

Lundborg's perfumes

Lundborg's perfumes

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.339.Title: Lundborg's perfumes.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1894 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 46... more

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.336.Title: Meadow-grass by Alice Brown.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : Copeland and Day.Date issued: 1895.Physical description:... more

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.357.Title: Meadow-grass by Alice Brown.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : Copeland and Day.Date issued: 1895.Physical description:... more

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.322.Title: Meadow-grass by Alice Brown.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : Copeland and Day.Date issued: 1895.Physical description:... more

Packer's tar soap

Packer's tar soap

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.340.Title: Packer's tar soap.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, colo... more

Poster calendar.

Poster calendar.

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.311.Title: Poster calendar..Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Created/Published: Boston : L. Prang & Co. .Date issued: 1890-1920 (approximate).Physical descr... more

Prang's Easter publications

Prang's Easter publications

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.389.Title: Prang's Easter publications.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1896 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, co... more

Scribners for Xmas

Scribners for Xmas

Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.314.Title: Scribners for Xmas.Creator/Contributor: Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926 (artist).Date issued: 1895 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 51 ... more