Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nursery Print Nostalgia

I had a nice long weekend which seemed to revive any spirits I might have lost. Some friends came from Michigan and we cruised the antique shops in Florence for a good part of one day. I found this lovely little nursery print of which the photo above is only a detail. Have tried to find the artist and cannot. I thought it was maybe Dutch as there are some windmills on the horizon and came across Henrietta Willebeek Le Mair whose work looks familiar but is not my illustrator. This has got to be 1940s or '50, don't you think? The little girl is waving her handkerchief at a woman down the shoreline a bit, there are many ducks and some water lilies. Maybe it is from some story of which I am ignorant. Help me out if you can, please!!!

The very cool part of this print was the internet journey I took in trying to discover my artist. There are whole sites devoted to nursery illustrators! Here is my favorite from yesterday.

1 comment:

  1. What a sweet picture. I can see why you were drawn to it. I haven't a clue how to find it's origination, but thanks to the site you linked, I now know exactly what to buy my daughter for her birthday in March!

    Nikki's always loved Alice in Wonderland, even had a part in the play in our local community theater when she was a child. When she was home for her dad's surgery last spring, she and I snuck off to see the 3D version of the newest movie (loved it!). I'm going to surprise her with an antique Alice in Wonderland print! :-)