Harper's round table, fourth of July
Local Accession Number: 2012.AAP.177.Title: Harper's round table, fourth of July.Creator/Contributor: Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966 (artist).Date issued: 1895 (inferred).Physical description: 1 print : color ; 30 x 22 cm. .Summary: A man wearing a tricorne holds a sword and a scroll dated 1776..Genre: Magazine covers; Prints.Subjects: Men.Notes: .Date note: Date from item..Statement of responsibility: F. Maxfield Parrish. 1895..Collection: American Art Posters 1890-1920.Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department.Rights: No known restrictions.
Posters spread rapidly in Europe and America. Poster exhibitions were staged in Britain and Italy (1894), Germany and Switzerland (1896) and in Russia (1897). National styles established themselves soon. The leading American poster designers were William Bradley and Edward Penfield, famous for his illustration and advertising placards for Harper's New Monthly Magazine. William H. Bradley - known as the "American Beardsley" - made his reputation from poster design. Famous for producing The Twins (1894), the first American Art Nouveau poster, Bradley's style blended features of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Japanese block printing and Art Nouveau.
Harper & Brothers began publication of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1850. It was renamed Harper’s Monthly Magazine in the 1900 Christmas issue. Edward Penfield served the Harpers as staff illustrator, editor, and art director from 1890 to 1901. Penfield created his first lithograph for Harper’s Magazine in 1893. He made posters advertising each successive issue of the magazine for over seven years. Penfield also created advertisements and cover designs for books published by Harper and Brothers.