Women of Fiction. Life’s Gilbert Calendar for 1906.
Oversized calendar with tipped on color plates depicting women literary characters by American illustrator and poster artist C. Allan Gilbert.
The suite of plates depict six female literary characters: Rebecca, Biblical wife of the Patriarch Isaac; Becky Sharp, protagonist of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair; Shakespeare’s Ophelia from his play Hamlet (this plate also repeated in a smaller format on the calendar cover); Lorna Doone, heroine of the eponymous 1869 novel by Richard Doddridge Blackmore; Minnehaha the tragic heroine of Henry W. Longfellow’s 1855 poem The Song of Hiawatha; and Camille Gautier, a reference to a character from La Dame aux Camélias by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, fils.
Artist Charles Allan Gilbert (1873–1929) “[...[w]ent to Paris where his teachers were Constant and Laurens. He returned to the U.S. to begin a very successful illustration career, with a special aptitude for the portrayal of beautiful young women [...] Among his books and portfolios were In Beauty’s Realm, A Portfolio of Heads, Cameo Heads, Heads in Color and Women of Fiction.”—Reed, Illustrator in America p101.
With the exception of the first plate, an outstanding copy of this suite of illustrations that is a rare survival considering its oversized format.
Description: Women of Fiction. Life’s Gilbert Calendar for 1906.
[Np.] Life Publishing Co., 1905.  leaves. Calendar. 18 x 12 inches. Each leaf perforated with two holes along top edge; the whole string-tied. Thick, textured gray paper; printed in white ink. Seven tipped-on color plates. Old tape repairs to one plate affecting caption; else near fine.