Published in 1877, a selected catalogue of the artwork displayed in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Hardcover, clothbound. A work of art itself, the dramatically decorated cover features a seated female holding a palette and brushes in front of an ancient frieze. The entire cover is illuminated in gold and black. A red square and a blue circle enhance the title. Gilt lettering on the spine. The descriptive text of the volume is by Edward Strahan, a pseudonym for Earl Shinn of Philadelphia. Strahan was the eighth child of Quakers Earl Shinn, Sr. and Sarah Comfort. The Shinns lived at 136 Pine Street in Philadelphia. Earl, Jr. attended the Westtown School for Quaker children and eventually was a student at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He traveled to France and studied with Jean Leon Gerome in Paris. Due to alleged poor eyesight, Earl Shinn discontinued his artistic studies and assumed the role of art critic. His interest in documenting superior art collections led Earl Shinn Jr. to take on the pseudonym Edward Strahan and to publish a number of reference books, including “The Art Treasures of America”, “Mr. Vanderbilt’s House and Collection”, and “The Art Gallery of the Exhibition.” Published in Philadelphia by Gebbie & Barrie, The Art Gallery of the Exhibition is a comprehensive catalogue of various works displayed by artists at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The book contains 16 steel engravings, and 52 wood engraved prints. Albert Bierstadt, Peter Rothermel, and Benjamin West are a few of the featured artists. The book is in very good condition, although the cloth cover is quite fragile.112 pages.
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