Chic Illustration Collection, c.1880-1881

A Finding Aid to the Chic Illustration Collection,

Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives
Delaware Art Museum


Extent: 1 folder
Restrictions: Unrestricted
Processed: Sarena Deglin, 2004

Contact Information:

Helen Farr Sloan Library
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

TABLE OF CONTENTS

History of Chic
Scope and Contents Note
Description of the Collection

HISTORY OF CHIC

Chic, a short-lived weekly published in New York in 1880-1881, featured sophisticated wit and colored lithographs drawn by Charles Kendrick, who contributed heavily to Life and Puck, but the lithographs are less garish than those by Opper and Gillam and by virtue of their subject matter—conditions in the theater, fashionable excesses—appealed to an audience that was on the whole more interested in society and the arts than in politics.

Savory, Jerold, and Patricia Marks. The Smiling Muse: Victoriana in the Comic Press. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1985.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS NOTE OF THE COLLECTION

The Chic Illustration Collection consists of eight illustrations; including four front cover and four internal illustrations.

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DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

Series I. Covers

Caption – Date – Volume:Number – Subject

“Preparing the Puppets for Show.” – October 20, 1880 – 1:6 – John Kelly designing marionettes with faces of contemporary politicians.

“His Majesty of Gotham’s Toilet. A long way after the celebrated picture in the Louvre.” – December 1, 1880 – 1:12 – John Kelly sitting on a throne.

“How Our President Encourages Drunkenness.” – February 8, 1881 – 1:22 – Rutherford Hayes.

Series II. Internal Illustrations

“The Balls Roll.” – 1881 – page 15 verso

“The Election Agonies of Herr Sauerkraut. Terrific Encounter with Garfield and Hancock Heelers.” – no date – page 15 verso

“The President-Elect fruitlessly endeavors to escape from the Yum-Yum Office Seeker’s, as well as from the Doctor Mary Walker Brigade. Enter Mrs. Garfield.” – Tableau. – no date  – page 15 verso

“Wanted, A Title for My Darter.” – no date – page 15 verso

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