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Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: Design for a bicycle poster

Artist:
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Date:
1895–97
Medium:
Recto: watercolor over pencil, bordered in pencil and watercolor; verso: pencil
Dimensions:
14 1/8 x 11 3/16 in. (35.8 x 28.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.928
Not on view
This drawing was probably an idea for a competition held by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1896 for a poster advertising their Columbia bicycle. Essentially a poster within a poster, the advertisement would seem to suggest that the festooned pedestrian ought to exchange her restrictive skirts and boa for the more liberated fashions associated with the new fad of bicycling.
Charles Prendergast, 1924; his widow, Eugénie Prendergast, 1948; Robert Lehman , 1961.
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