CHARLES DANA GIBSON Art PRINT
1988 reproduction of a 1907 drawing featuring a Gibson Girl: In Days to Come the Church will be Popular. The original drawing hangs in the bishop's office of the Episcopal Divinity School.
Appears to be a lithograph. No dots seen under magnification. Affixed to single purple matte and foam board backing.
- Bottom left corner - In Days to Come the Church will be Popular || Pen and ink drawing by CHARLES DANA GIBSON || © 1988 Episcopal Divinity School
- Bottom center - Women in the Episcopate || Episcopal Divinity School || Cambridge, Massachusetts || January 11-13, 1988
- Bottom right corner - gift of the Rt. Rev. Aaron Phelps Stokes, Jr. '32 || to the Episcopal Divinity School
- Measurements (WxH): 37 x 28 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition.
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About the Artist
Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867 – December 23, 1944) was an American graphic artist. He was best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th century. Gibson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. A talented youth with an early interest in art, Gibson was enrolled by his parents in New York City's Art Students League, where he studied for two years. In 1895, he married Irene Langhorne. His wife and her elegant Langhorne sisters also inspired his famous Gibson Girls, who became iconic images in early 20th-century society.
Peddling his pen-and-ink sketches, Gibson sold his first work in 1886 to Life magazine, founded by John Ames Mitchell and Andrew Miller. It featured general interest articles, humor, illustrations, and cartoons. His works appeared weekly in the popular national magazine for more than 30 years. He quickly built a wider reputation, with his drawings being featured in all the major New York publications, including Harper's Weekly, Scribners and Collier's. His illustrated books include the 1898 editions of Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. His development of the "Gibson Girl" from 1890 and her nationwide fame brought Gibson respect. Almost unrestricted merchandising saw his distinctive sketches appear in many forms. The Gibson cocktail has been claimed to be named after him, as it is said he favored ordering gin martinis with a pickled onion garnish in place of the traditional olive or lemon zest.After the death of John Ames Mitchell in 1918, Gibson became editor of Life and later took over as owner of the magazine. As the popularity of the Gibson Girl faded after World War I, Gibson took to working in oils for his own pleasure. In 1918, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate and became a full Academician in 1932.
For part of his career, Gibson lived in New Rochelle, New York, a popular art colony among actors, writers and artists of the period. The community was most well known for its unprecedented number of prominent American illustrators, including Norman Rockwell. Gibson owned an island off Islesboro, Maine which came to be known as 700 Acre Island; he and his wife spent an increasing amount of time here through the years. He retired in 1936, the same year Scribner's published his biography, Portrait of an Era as Drawn by C.D. Gibson: A Biography by Fairfax Downey. Charles Dana Gibson died in 1944, aged 77, and was interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.