Ca. 1891 Autograph Letter Signed by Candace Wheeler, “Mother” of Interior Design.
Women as workers —in art and design— in late 19th-century America
A brief congratulatory letter written by Candace Wheeler (1827–1923) to a Mr. Johnson for his “...well earned decoration not only because it is [underscored] well earned, but because well earned things do not always recur their reward…” Autographed on the second page.
Wheeler has been described as the “Mother” of interior design. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online commentary, notes, in part: “In an era that did not always appreciate strong women, Wheeler ambitiously promoted art and design as paying careers for women, rather than hobbies. She was one of the first American women to produce designs for American manufacturers and paved the way for thousands of female designers who followed—some of whom she trained in her woman-run firm, Associated Artists. She was also one of the first women to be well known as an interior decorator, a profession she helped to create.”
Description: Ca. 1891 Autograph Letter Signed by Candace Wheeler, “Mother” of Interior Design.
[New York. April 9th, ?1891]. 12mo. Just over one page. Fine.