The Plastic Club Art Gallery and Studio
247 S. Camac Street, Phila., PA 19107
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING ON AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION
“PAINTING AMERICA’S PORTRAIT” by JAMES THOMPSON
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2 PM
The Golden Age of American Illustration will be remembered at a book signing at the Plastic Club on Sunday, March 12. Author James Thompson will speak about his book series, “Painting America’s Portrait” which tells the story of American illustration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Thompson’s book describes how America’s advertisers and storytellers capitalized on advances in advertising techniques and image reproduction technology to create the colorful images that captivated book and magazine readers of the day.
Thompson will also discuss the role of the Plastic Club — founded 1897 — in that history.
To supplement Thompson’s lecture, The Illustrated Gallery of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, will be lending a group of original illustrations — including three by prominent illustrator Jessie Willox Smith, a Plastic Club founding member,
Thompson’s lecture and book signing is at 2 PM on Sunday, March 12. It is free of charge.
The Plastic Club, located on quaint, historic Camac Street, was founded in 1897 to promote the visual “plastic” arts through workshops, exhibitions, and community programs.