Posters Designed by Will H. Bradley

B. Posters Designed by Will H. Bradley. Arranged chronologically by year.

1894

B1 The Chap-Book [ ‘The Twins’ ]

[Poster for The Chap-Book, May 1894]. Two stylized women with bouquets. Two-color lithograph: vermilion and green on speckled paper. Chicago: Stone & Kimball, published Apr 1894. Signed lower left: WILL H | BRADLEY ’94. 14″ w. x 20 1/2″ h.

Bradley’s first poster design advertised the inaugural issue of Stone and Kimball’s literary publication The Chap-Book. The design is said to be the first American Art Nouveau poster, and is also known by collectors as ‘The Twins.’ As the 15 May 1894 issue featured illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, Bradley mimicked the Englishman’s Yellow Book style in his poster. Bradley’s style was new and different to American audiences — and immediately criticized — by the press.

“…the very funniest thing out is the ‘Chap-Book’ poster. No mortal man can possibly tell without deliberately investigating, what it means or what it represents. Ten feet away one would be willing to make an oath that it was a very, very red turkey gobbler very poorly represented. On closer inspection it seems to have been intended for two human beings, one at least being in a red gown very short at both ends,” wrote a critic in the December 1894 issue of American Printer. “The remaining characteristics are very lightly outlined, hence the turkey gobbler aspect when seen a few feet away.”

Digital holdings: Library of Congress.

Ref: Union, 8; Bolton, pg 4; MCMA, 23; Whitehead, pg 8; Echo, 152; Bradley, 20; PAFA, 20; Bella-2, 18; Reims, 1139; La Forgue, pg 171; Sponsel, pg 198; DFP-I, 152; Wong, 1; Keay, pg 41; Margolin, pg 97; Lauder, 13; Bambace, pg 157.

Cite: Will H. Bradley, artist. The Chap-Book [‘The Twins’]. Lithograph. Chicago, Illinois: Stone & Kimball, 1894.

B1. Will Bradley. The Chap-Book [The-Twins], poster,1894

B1a The Chap-Book [ ‘The Twins’ ]

[Poster for The Chap-Book, May 1894]. Color variation. Two-color lithograph: vermilion and dark green on yellow paper. Chicago: Stone & Kimball, published 1894. Signed lower left: WILL H | BRADLEY ’94. 14″ w. x 20 1/2″ h.

Color variation in vermilion and green on yellow paper.

Ref: DFP-I, 152; Hornung, pl 1.

Cite: Will H. Bradley, artist. The Chap-Book [‘The Twins’]. Lithograph. Chicago, Illinois: Stone & Kimball, 1894.

B1a. Will Bradley. The Chap-Book [The-Twins], poster,1894

B2 THE | CHAP- | BOOK [‘The Blue Lady’ ]
[Poster for The Chap-Book, August 1894]. ‘The Blue Lady’ stands in a wood, holding a pair of skates. Two-color lithograph: red and blue. Chicago: Stone & Kimball, published July, 1894. Signed bottom right: BRADLEY. 14″ w. x 20″ h.

Bradley’s second Chap-Book poster, also known as “The Blue Lady.”

Digital holdings: Cooper-Hewett, Library of Congress.

Ref: Union, 9; Bolton, pg 4; MCMA, 24; Whitehead, pg 8; Echo, 153; Bradley, 21; PAFA, 21; Richmond, 18; Reims, 1136; Sponsel, pg 197; DFP-I, 157; Wong, 3; Hornung, 9; Keay, pg 41; Margolin, pg 105; Lauder, 14; Bambace, pg 157.

Cite: Will H. Bradley, artist. The Chap-Book [‘The Blue Lady’]. Lithograph. Chicago, Illinois: Stone & Kimball, Jul 1894.

B2 Will Bradley, The Chap-Book, The Blue Lady, 1894

 

Citation: Lindsay, Martin S. Posters Designed by Will H. Bradley. Website: WillBradley.com. Accessed 14 Dec 2019, <https://willbradley.com/work/posters/>. Bibliography. References.