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CHARLES DANA GIBSON (1867-1944) "A Council of War in the Days To Come."
Published in Life Magazine, August 6, 1896, pages 100-101. Pen and ink on paper. 507x690 mm; 20x27 1/4 inches, image, on 21 1/2x27 3/4-inch sheet, archivally backed. Signed "C.D. Gibson" in lower right image.
Provenance: Alan M. Goffman; Private collection, Virginia, purchased from the above.
Published: Pictures of People, Charles Dana Gibson, New York: R. H. Russell, 1896.
Cartoonists and illustrators of the time often delighted in depicting the modern woman in uncustomary roles. In her book "Bicycles, Bangs, and Bloomers: The New Woman in the Popular Press" (Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1990) author Patricia Marks pointed out how the group of "Gibson Girls" in this image is dressed in military boots, kilts, and marching hats, "revolutionizing the military in squadron of their own." Gathered for a conference, they are surrounded with swords, medals, and other war paraphernalia while they sing, primp, play piano, drink coffee, and feed a kitten, whose placemat for spilled milk is, of course, a war map.