A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston

December 16, 2014 - May 3, 2015
West Gallery

The Carle showcases the career of Alice Bolam Preston (1888-1958), taken from the museum’s holdings of the generous gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel. Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson, known for children’s book illustration. She worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940). Her work reflects a strong interest in fairies, and resonates with some of the premier British artists working at the time, including Henry Ford, Harry Clarke, Charles Robinson, and Jessie Marion King. Closer to home, she worked in the orbit of Jessie Willcox Smith.