The Chap-Book Posters by Will H. Bradley

 

American
Art Nouveau
Posters 
Designed by Will H. Bradley for The Chap-Book.

Herbert Stuart Stone and Hannibal Ingalls Kimball, Jr. were two Harvard seniors (“Class of ’94”) who established the publishing house of Stone & Kimball while still in school. They spent an inordinate amount of their time on the project, prompting some of one professor to threaten failure and expulsion.

Their little literary magazine The Chap-Book was meant to be a simple advertising vehicle for their publications. But it quickly became an important literary and artistic publication, attracting the work of writers and artists worldwide.

Chicago artist Will H. Bradley designed a total of seven literary posters for the Stone & Kimball publication. He also designed some of their books. His poster, ‘The Twins,’ for the May 1894 issue of The Chap-Book is today considered the first American Art Nouveau poster.

Herbert Stuart Stone, 1894

Herbert Stuart Stone, 1894

Hannibal Ingalls Kimball, Jr, 1894

Hannibal Ingalls Kimball, Jr, 1894

William Henry Bradley, c1895

William Henry Bradley, c1895

 

 

Citation: Lindsay, Martin S. The Chap-Book Posters by Will H. Bradley. Website: WillBradley.com. Accessed 27 Nov 2022, <https://willbradley.com/work/posters/the-chap-book/>. Bibliography. References.