Artists' Books Collection

Victorian splendor


A three-dimensional 19th-century desk with drop down writing panel and pull out drawers, with Victorian decor such as peacock feathers, a Japanese fan, and a gas lamp. Includes an 8-page miniature accordion book. Materials: Bockingford-cream watercolor paper 140 lb., Cranes natural white paper 140lb; Biscotti-colored archival mat board; casein archival fixative. Processes: Gocco and digital printing. Watercolor. Housed in a hardbound 9 x 11 x 2.5; clamshell case covered in hand-painted Japanese silk book cloth. (From dealer's website.) Perhaps like many people, we tended to connect the Women's Suffrage Movement with images of early 20th-century parades and pickets. However, a chance encounter with a wonderful little book, Women of the Suffrage Movement by Janice E. Ruth & Evelyn Sinclair ..., reminded us of the pre-Civil War beginnings of the campaign and the remarkable women who supported it. This book from the Library of Congress' Women Who Dare series acted as inspiration for our piece, Victorian Splendor. Back of piece has envelope containing artists' statement. MSU copy:


  • Pollack, Amee J.
  • Spitz, Laurie

Publication Date: 2009

Original Size: 1 three-dimensional object : ill. ; 26 x 21 x 5 cm. + in clamshell box 28 x 23 x 7 cm.

Collection: MSU Libraries Artists' Book Collection

Call Number: folio N7433.4.S658 V53 2009

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