|"Pumpkin Carving", Benjamin Franklin Reinhart, 1872 (via)|
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
|"Pumpkin Time", H. Harring after Benjamin Champney for L. Prang & Co., 1872, via|
It's about time we saw some pumpkins on this Countdown - so make sure you click the image above to get a good look at a chromolithograph of Benjamin Champney's "Pumpkin Time", from 1872, courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. There's also a nice blog post on this image, here. But that's not the only pumpkin delight on offer today.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|"The Young Tamlane"|
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Norman Rockwell's "Ichabod Crane"|
Regardless, this seemed like a good enough prompt to finally rope "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" into this Halloween countdown, and think a little bit about its persistence in American culture - like Norman Rockwell's great depiction of Ichabod, left. If you've never read it, here it is in an 1821 John Murray edition.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Blackwood's Magazine was the unrivalled home of Gothic terror in the early nineteenth century, which makes it rich pickings for those looking for antiquarian thrills at this time of year. Today, however, I'm highlighting a bona fide Halloween treat from Blackwood's, in name as well as substance - "The Lemur, A Halloween Divertimento", published in both the November and December issues in 1822.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|"Autumn Leaves", John Everett Millais, 1856 (via)|