Frontispiece for Božena Němcová’s The Grandmother

This richly illustrated representative edition of The Grandmother was one of the first ventures of the newly founded Czech Graphic Society Unie, which brought together several of Prague's largest publishing houses. After initial hesitation, the work on the illustrations was entrusted to Adolf Kašpar, a student of the Prague Academy. He deliberately designed his drawings to evoke the atmosphere of lithographs from the Biedermeier period. He therefore studied in detail the customs of the time, both in the valley that served as the book’s setting and in the museum's ethnographic collections.

Subject: The 19th Century in Us
Author: Kašpar, Adolf
Title: Frontispiece for Božena Němcová’s The Grandmother
Date: 1902
Place of publication: Prague
Publisher: Česká grafická společnost Unie 1903
Technique: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 65 × 45 cm
Origin: acquired in 1989
Licence: Free license

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