Ethel Reed

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Ethel Reed, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, established a reputation as an important illustrator and designer in Boston and London. My own poster design is influenced by her style, and its flower motifs are drawn from her own work, primarily her illustrations to Louise Chandler Moulton's Childhood's Country (Boston, Copeland & Day; London, J. Bowden, 1896). I took pleasure from her simple yet elegant use of line that constructed such exquisite flowers.

Information about Ethel Reed can be found in Philip B. Meggs's A History of Graphic Design, Third Edition (1998), and in Inspiring Reform: Boston's Arts and Crafts Movement, catalogue to an exhibit at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, 1997. The latter source features a good illustration of the cover of Arabella and Araminta, Stories by Gertrude Smith with XV Pictures by Ethel Reed (1895), as well as some biographical and bibliographic information on Reed.

-- Corinne Back