99. Ashton, Jean. “Tall Tales and Whales: Wonders of Barnum’s Museum.” Vol. 16, no. 2 (Autumn 1991), 15-25.
Ashton focuses on prints and posters describing Barnum’s Museum in New York. Ashton’s well-researched essay provides detailed information on Barnum, his activities, and his efforts to enhance his own reputation through self-promotion.
100. Brust, James. “A Photograph by Currier & Ives.” Vol. 16, no. 2 (Autumn 1991), 2-3.
Brust has discovered a photograph of the Supreme Court of the United States taken by Napoleon Sarony and published by Currier & Ives in 1890. It suggests that, perhaps following Sarony’s lead, the firm was interested in branching out into photography.
101. Michie, Thomas S. “American Wallpapers of the Nineteenth Century at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.” Vol. 16, no. 2 (Autumn 1991), 4-14.
Among the collections at the Rhode Island School of Design is one of wallpapers from the seventeenth century to the present. Michie’s article describes American papers, the most commercial form of printmaking. Many of the samples are found on boxes and in trunks; other examples came to RISD with larger collections of ephemera and decorative arts.
102. Shadwell, Wendy. “‘1 Year at the Business’–George B. Ellis of Philadelphia.” Vol. 16, no. 2 (Autumn 1991), 26-28.
This brief article discusses an engraving signed by George B. Ellis, The Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch, done in 1819 while Ellis was an apprentice to Francis Kearny. The illustration later appeared in a Bible published by Carey & Lea in 1823.