Frontispiece Design for "Peter Poodle, Toymaker to the King"
William Henry Bradley (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1868–1962 La Mesa, California)
Graphite, black ink, watercolor, and gouache
sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 x 28.6 cm)
Gift of Fern Bradley Dufner, The Will Bradley Collection, 1952
Not on view
Bradley, one of the great turn-of-the-century American creators of posters and books, wrote, illustrated, and designed the typeface for Peter Poodle Toy Maker to the King, one of his few forays into the field of children's books and one that was not a financial success. This highly stylized, symmetrical image was to be used as the book's frontispiece. The book tells the story of the toymaker Peter Poodle and two children, Tommy and Helen, in the magical town of Toyville. In this illustration, Tommy and Helen, having been crowned king and queen of the realm, enjoy a banquet of the best sweets and desserts they have ever tasted.
Donor: Fern Bradley Dufner (American)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 17, 2006–January 7, 2007.
Roberta Waddell Wong Will H. Bradley: American Artist & Craftsman (1868–1962) Ex. cat., June 16–July 31. 1972, cat. no. 79, fig. no. 7, ill.