Friday, May 22, 2009

Jane Ashford: The Three Graces

The Three Graces by Jane Ashford is the last book of hers that Allan Kass illustrated. This book was published in March 1982 and is about how 3 sisters, impoverished from the death of their father and aunt, decide whether to remain spinsters or to make their own fortunes!

This is a striking cover with our couple standing in front of a harp and pianoforte. I would assume that Allan's illustrated the musical daughter, Euphie, who heads to London. I like the Wedgwood feel of the wall hanging. Also note the cat, which looks out of place in this picture! In one of Allan's letters, he remarked that he always wanted to tell a story with his art. I feel that he succeeds with his book illustrations.

Music was an accomplishment that high born girls had access to either with piano or singing lessons. Most girls knew enough to sing and play a few pieces. A truly accomplished female could teach in a school or give lessons to others. Great music was encouraged and flourished during this time and people enjoyed attending concerts and having musical evenings.

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