Friday, September 13, 2013

Mac Harshberger illustrations from "Madrigal and Minstrelsy" (1927)

"Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead"
In her Author's Comment prefacing
"Madrigals and Minstrelsy" (published  in 1927)
Juliet Raphael states:
"In this book I have endeavored to translate the words of the poets into music...
"... The music has been done only as a setting for the words -- sung or chanted. To those who love poetry, and love to hear it read, chanted, or sung, this book is offered."

Illustrations accompanying the poems are by Frank Macoy "Mac" Harshberger

 (1900 – 1975).
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Harshberger studied art in Paris in 1921, settled in New York in the '20s where he taught for many years at the
Pratt Institute.

Though he worked in many styles and media in his career, some of his more striking images are his stylish black & white illustrations, sort of an American Art Deco equivalent to
Aubrey Beardsley

The cover image at right 
illustrates "Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Please click on images to enlarge, and click on any image caption titles to read that poem online.

frontispiece: "An Arab Love Song" by Francis Thompson
 "Laughing Song" by William Blake 
"Song" by Christina Rossetti
"The Fifteen Acres" by James Stephens
"A Woman's Last Word" by Robert Browning

"Music, When Soft Voices Die" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Matin Song" by Thomas Heywood
"Little Lamb" by William Blake
Sonnet XXIX by William Shakespeare
"The Song" by James Stephens
"The Fiddler of Dooney " by William Butler Yeats
"Night" by William Blake
"Give A Man A Horse" (a.k.a. "Gifts") by James Thomson
"Up-Hill" by Christina Rossetti
"Nurse's Song" by William Blake
"When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats

◀At left, Mac Harshberger in 1926.
(image from Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie)

There's more to be found regarding
Mac Harshberger elsewhere around the net.
Here's a few places to start looking:

- a mini-biography at Victoria Chick.
- a portfolio and some background at Thomas Reynolds Gallery.
- some illustrations from Tristan and Isolde at Art Reference Blog.

If you have more information or images to share regarding Mac Harshberger, I'd love to hear from you!
Please feel free to leave comments.

Thanks to the following sites for the poetry links:

Poetry Foundation
- Poetry Archive
About.Com: Classic Lit

Freshly-stirred links