2 RARE ESTHER A. RICHARDS WOODBLOCK ART FIRST WOMEN TO DESIGN US STAMP IN 1934 !

Category Art Art Prints

Current price $625.00

Listing type Fixed Price Item

Location Westville, New Jersey 080** US

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Size Medium (up to 36in.)

Artist ESTHER A. RICHARDS

Medium WOODBLOCK

Date Of Creation 1900-1949

Features Framed, Matted, Signed

Region Of Origin US

Color Blue -- BLACK

Subject Landscape

Originality Original

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ESTHER ALETHEA RICHARDS 1888 - 1972
COMMERCIAL ARTIST WHO BECAME THE VERY FIRST WOMAN TO DESIGN AN AMERICAN POSTAGE STAMP IN 1934!
A BIG DEAL FOR EARLY WOMENS RIGHTS.
I HAVE 2 RARE WOODBLOCK PRINTS IN MATCHING FRAMES - ONE RESEMBLES HER STAMP A BIT.
1.) TITLED "DRIFTWOOD" SIGNED "ESTHER A. RICHARDS" ARTWORK MEASURES 9-1/2" X 3-1/2"
FRAME MEASURES 15-1/2" X 8-1/2"
2.) TITLED "LAKESIDE" SIGNED "ESTHER A. RICHARDS" ARTWORK MEASURES 9-1/2" X 3-1/2"
FRAME MEASURES 15-1/2'' X 8-1/2"
BOTH FRAMED - UNDER GLASS AND READY TO HANG.
ESTHER RICHARDS HAS ONE OF HER WORKS IN THE PHILADELPHIA ART MUSEUM TITLED "BIRDS" AN ETCHING FROM 1910-30
Esther Alethea Richards worked as illustrator and Graphic designer... She graduated in 1921 from the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pa... Esther Richards was the first woman to design a US postage stamp..
WOMEN DESIGNERS AND ENGRAVERS
>> THE FIRST WOMAN DESIGNER OF AN AMERICAN POSTAGE STAMP WAS ESTHER RICHARDS WHO PRODUCED THE MODEL FOR THE 10 CENT VALUE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS SERIES OCTOBER 8, 1934. HER ENGRAVING SHOWS A VIEW OF MOUNT LE CONTE IN GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. HER SHORT ASSOCIATION WITH THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING WAS NOT A FELICITOUS ONE AS SOME OF THE THEN ENGRAVERS WERE FAR FROM OVERJOYED WITH THE IDEA OF WORKING WITH A WOMAN. WHILST ONE CAN CRITICISE THE THEN POSTMASTER GENERAL FOR PRODUCING THE "FARLEY FOLLIES" HE NONETHELESS OPENED THE BUREAU TO NEW INFLUENCES AND SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST. MUCH OF THE FRESHNESS OF DESIGN, MARKING THE DEFINITIVE ESCAPE FROM THE HUSTON ERA WITH ITS CACOPHONY OF ACANTHUS RUNNING RIOT AND KITSCH MINIATURISED DEPICTION'S WAS DUE TO HER INITIATIVES.
USA 1934 "National Parks Year" (10,01,1) Sc(749)

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