Minnie Gardner

Minnie Gardner illustration. I think it looks very Denslowesque. (Paul)

Deserted Village

Deserted Village

Pictures and commentary courtesy of Dick Blacher.

Minnie Gardner

THE ILLUSTRATORS
Scores of illuminators were employed at the Roycroft, but only a few were considered adept; expert enough to be illustrators. They were allowed a great deal of leeway and artistic freedom was encouraged. Significant variations in the style of illustrations can be found in different copies of the same book.

Sesame and Lilies, by John Ruskin, 1897, #28 of 450
 The examples of Minnie Gardner's which I've examined have always been of the highest caliber. Most likely her talent was natural, and was enhanced by working with W. W. Denslow and Clara Schlegel. She was the first illuminator hired to work with Bertha Hubbard.

Essays of Elia, by Charles Lamb, 1899, #55 of 100
This is a good example of Minnie Gardner's virtuosity. Various Art Nouveau designs are used throughout the book.

 The Deserted Village, by Oliver Goldsmith, 1898, #5 of 470
Compare the three books in this discussion illustrated by Minnie Gardner, and one needs no more proof of the talent and versatility of the Roycroft illustrators.

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