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The Forsaken Merman
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The Forsaken Merman

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Description The Guild of Women Binders was established by London bookseller Frank Karslake (1851–1920) to provide educated women with a respectable means of employment and a venue for artistic expression. Guild members followed the aesthetic and moral principles of William Morris (1834–96) and the Arts and Crafts movement, championing the creation of beautiful, hand-made objects over commercially mass-produced ones. This binding of hearts and tulips, although not signed by her, is thought to have been made by Florence de Rheims.
  • Bookbindings from the Gilded Age. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1931

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ink on parchment bound between boards covered with goatskin and gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 5 5/8 × W: 7 1/8 × D: 1/2 in. (14.29 × 18.1 × 1.27 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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