Yesterday we helped our Image Librarian with a request for a photo order. Any excuse to use the AAS bookplate collection makes us happy and this was no exception! In the archive of American designer Dorothy Sturgis Harding we located sketches for one of her more famous clients, Eleanor Roosevelt. Dating from 1935, there are about a dozen proofs and drawings, including this one. We love all the tests and trials on the right side of this sheet. We miss the #bookplatespecial challenge, don't you? #aasbookplates #bookplate #eleanorroosevelt #dorothysturgisharding
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  • americanantiquarianYesterday we helped our Image Librarian with a request for a photo order. Any excuse to use the AAS bookplate collection makes us happy and this was no exception! In the archive of American designer Dorothy Sturgis Harding we located sketches for one of her more famous clients, Eleanor Roosevelt. Dating from 1935, there are about a dozen proofs and drawings, including this one. We love all the tests and trials on the right side of this sheet. We miss the #bookplatespecial challenge, don't you? #aasbookplates #bookplate #eleanorroosevelt #dorothysturgisharding

  • lauradavidsonbooksLovely drawing!
  • patriciapxmTruly extraordinary. Wow.
  • americanantiquarianWe are hoping the researcher who enquired for photos will publish an article on this set of drawings @cnlibrarian. This is the showiest of the group, but the others are very revealing of the design process - lots of stops and starts and revisions !
  • americanantiquarianThe artist and patron went through multiple designs before settling on this one @louellenvernonwhite
  • lballantIncredible.
  • coconutrodeoFantastic artifact
  • louellenvernonwhiteIt is a beautiful line drawing/design. I never stopped before to consider the genre of bookplates as an art form, a personalized art form, rarely seen by casual viewers. Thank you for showing the exceptional bookplate designs; the elegant details of a literate life. @americanantiquarian
  • biodivlibraryFascinating! It's like getting a glimpse into the eye of the artist. Art methodology is unique!
  • jogourlaySo intricate and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
  • mydayin_laBeautiful
  • rawremiryIncredible. You have the best job ever, lucky!
  • americanantiquarianWe love that -- "elegant details of a literary life" -- well said, @louellenvernonwhite
  • americanantiquarianExactly @biodivlibrary -- we are suckers for objects that get at process!
  • americanantiquarianOh boy, do we ever @rawremiry - special collections libraries are amazing resources for humanity. It is an honor and a privilege to work at AAS and be part of something larger than oneself...
  • delpix87One sees original bookplate artwork, but typically it is a finished design, not the work in progress. This is special.
  • yosemite5Bookplates are so great!!!
  • yosemite5And makes it so personal..to me💝
  • oldbooklibrarianFantastic!
  • erinmharrisThis is amazing! Can you show us more from this commission/designer?
  • americanantiquarianSure @erinmharris - stay tuned!
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