Sun & Shade: An Artistic Periodical Christmas Cover

ArtistGeorge Wharton Edwards

CountryUnited States

MediumWood Engraving: Multiple Color

JournalSun & Shade 1890

AtelierE.A. Marvin (New York City)


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Allegorical, Artists, Illustration, Journal Cover, Photography


Support Dimensions: 34.9 x 27.2 cm December: whole #28

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A Merry Christmas to All

This is a rare surviving example of the December, 1890 Christmas cover for the New York periodical Sun & Shade, an Artistic Periodical issued from 1888-1896 featuring hand-pulled photogravure and collotype plates of original photographs and works of art.  American artist George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950) is responsible for the Art-Nouveau cover design, which incorporates a feminine representation of the Sun God Phoebus, (Apollo) one of the Olympian deities in Greek and Roman mythology, within the publication’s masthead, along with a plate camera at the upper right corner. Individual issues like this were priced in 1890 at 40¢ per issue or $4.00 per year.


A set of advertisements printed on the inner front cover includes one for the printer:

Letter Press and Cover of This Artistic Periodical From The Office of E.A. MARVIN,
Printer and Stationer,
8th Ave. & 34th Street,
Ten Power Presses.

condition: chipped and age-toned, has become separated from stapled issue featuring letterpress and eight photogravure plates

Sun & Shade: An Artistic Periodical Christmas Cover