Wednesday, June 3, 2009

An Old Fashioned Word Picture

I found this word picture page at the back of an ancient book of animal stories for children. The illustrations in this book are exquisite! The artist signs his name Chas Copeland. The book was published in 1887, and is an early example of this wonderful artist's work.

Charles Copeland (1858–1945) was an American book illustrator active from about 1887 until about 1940. He was a member of the Boston Watercolor Society and the Boston Art Club. His illustrations were used in a variety of books.

I found it interesting that at that time, adults did not shield their children from the harshness of life. The book contains horrifying stories of man-eating tigers, with corresponding lineart, along with other tales of difficulties in the animal world.

I bought this book many years ago, and have enjoyed having it in my collection of tails, er, tales. (grin)


Lois said...

Exquisite is the perfect word for this!

Clytie said...

What a wonderful book! The illustrations are indeed exquisite! Fantastic find!

Marie Reed said...

That is certainly what boys LOVE to hear too! Graphic man eating tigers would be a favorite in this household! Maybe you should share that story in installments too:)