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At the turn of the twentieth century, Charles Dana Gibson's pen-and-ink drawings of the "American Girl" - now remembered as the Gibson Girl - became the national ideal of femininity. This collection of his images of youthful, dynamic women offers an informative and amusing reflection of the era's social life. Sentimental, humorous, and often gently satirical, these images portray the Gibson Girl at the theater, in the drawing room, flirting and courting, vacationing at the beach, and engaging in other genteel pursuits. Several of Gibson's "common man" illustrations provide a contrast, along with a section devoted to one of the artist's best-known and most beloved characters, the curmudgeonly Mr. Pipp.
This gallery features more than a hundred carefully selected images from vintage editions. A rich source of royalty-free art, it offers graphic artists, fashion designers, social historians, and nostalgia lovers a lovely and accurate chronicle of a bygone era.
They agreed that the Gibson Girl represented the visual ideal of this new phenomenon.
The Gibson Girl & Her America Illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson Selected by Edmund Vincent Gillon, Jr. Published by Dover, Inc.
Charles Gibson was quoted as describing her as "the American girl to all the world." "Susan E. Meyer described the Gibson Girl attributes in her book, America's Great Illustrators:
Even Charles Gibson himself made this evident, as the title of one of his Gibson Girl Illustrations, shown below, is "Not Worrying About Her Rights".