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Louis Rhead

English-born American artist, illustrator, author and angler.Created by: Library Of CongressDated: 1895
Prang's easter publications
Louis' father was a highly respected gilder and ceramic artist. In the 1870s, George Rhead taught art and design in Staffordshire schools and founded Fenton School of Art. Louis and all his siblings attended their father's art classes and worked in the potteries as children. Because Louis demonstrated exceptional talent, when he was thirteen in 1872, his father sent him to study in Paris, France with artist Gustave Boulanger. In 1879 he gained a scholarship at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, London.

In 1883 at the age of twenty-four, Louis Rhead was offered and accepted a position as Art Director for the U.S. publishing firm of D. Appleton in New York City. He married and lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn for forty years.

In the early 1890s, Rhead became a prominent poster artist. During the poster craze of the early 1890s, Rhead's poster art appeared regularly in Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Magazine, St. Nicolas, Century Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Scribner's Magazine. In 1895 he won a Gold Medal for Best American Poster Design at the first International Poster Show in Boston.

Louis Rhead was one of the most creative, fresh-thinking, and stimulating of American fly-fishing writers, a man of extraordinary gifts. His death was somewhat unusual. A portion of his obituary in The New York Times, Friday July 30, 1926:

LOUIS RHEAD, ARTIST AND ANGLER, DEAD. Exhausted Recently by Long Struggle In Capturing a 30-pound Turtle.
... About two weeks ago Mr. Rhead set out to catch a turtle weighing thirty pounds which had been devastating trout ponds on his place, Seven Oaks. After the turtle was hooked, it put up a fight for more than half an hour. Although Mr. Rhead was successful in the end, he became exhausted. A short time later he suffered from his first attack of heart disease. Yesterday's was his second.
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Winter tales for winter nights

Winter tales for winter nights

Color poster by Louis John Rhead, 1857-1926. [Issued by] the New York Sunday Press. New York, Ellery-Howard Co. Signed iwth the artist's monogram. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 189-. This record contains unverifi... More

Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume

Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C83. 189- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead.

The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead.

Poster with art nouveau aspects showing a seated woman holding a palette and paint brushes. Promotional goal: Fr .D41 189-. Title from item. Publication Artistique de La Plume.

Harper's Bazar, Easter

Harper's Bazar, Easter

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1893?

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving 1892

Poster shows a drawing of a turkey and pumpkins around a photo of a woman in a pilgrim dress preparing squash. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional go... More

St. Nicholas for young folks, edited by Mary Mapes Dodge, August holiday number now ready : The Century Co., New York / Louis Rhead

St. Nicholas for young folks, edited by Mary Mapes Dodge, August holid...

Girl and two dogs looking at magazine. Color lithograph by Louis John Rhead. Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1894. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Harper's Bazar, Xmas 1894

Harper's Bazar, Xmas 1894

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894

The history of over sea by William Morris

The history of over sea by William Morris

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894

Century Magazine - Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead.

Century Magazine - Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead.

Art nouveau poster showing a woman seated under tree and reading Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1894.

The Century for Xmas / L.J.R.

The Century for Xmas / L.J.R.

Bearded man, with crown of holly, carrying tray of hot plum pudding, and two children holding candles. Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895. Copyright by The Century Co.

Scribner's for Xmas

Scribner's for Xmas

Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1895. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: I. Title.

St. Nicholas, "the ideal magazine for young folks." The beautiful Christmas number

St. Nicholas, "the ideal magazine for young folks." The beautiful Chri...

Printer's note lower left: G.H. Buek & Co., N.Y., lith. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895 Gift; J.H. Corning estate.

Photochrome engraving company

Photochrome engraving company

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D3. 1895

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown $1.50 net / Rhead.

Meadow-grass by Alice Brown $1.50 net / Rhead.

A meadow. Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1895.

The bookman, Christmas number

The bookman, Christmas number

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895

Portrait of Mr. Louis J. Rhead

Portrait of Mr. Louis J. Rhead

Photographs shows Louis Rhead, seated, resting his chin on his hand. Title from item. Illus. in: A collection of seventeen photographs of posters designed by Louis J. Rhead : with a portrait of the artist. New ... More

The Pocket magazine

The Pocket magazine

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896

The New York Herald Sunday March 22nd 1896. A newspaper marvel... Easter number

The New York Herald Sunday March 22nd 1896. A newspaper marvel... East...

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896

The evolution of church music by the Rev. Frank Landon Humphreys with a preface by the Bishop of New York

The evolution of church music by the Rev. Frank Landon Humphreys with ...

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. K9. 1896

L. Prang & Co.'s holiday publications

L. Prang & Co.'s holiday publications

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1896

The Pocket magazine

The Pocket magazine

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D41. 1896

Poster calendar for 1897. April, May, June

Poster calendar for 1897. April, May, June

Color poster by Louis John Rhead, 1857-1926. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: I. Title. Posters; Calendars.

James Pyle's pearline washing compund

James Pyle's pearline washing compund

Border lettering: Original and best and leading washing compound. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C1. 1896

Poster calendar by L. Prang & Co.,

Poster calendar by L. Prang & Co.,

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress)

Millions now use Pearline. James Pyles's Pearline washing compound the great invention..

Millions now use Pearline. James Pyles's Pearline washing compound the...

Poster shows a mother and child washing clothes. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C26. 191- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

Packer's tar soap

Packer's tar soap

Poster shows a man shampooing another man's hair. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C26. 191- Purchase; 1985; (DLC//PP/1985:224).

The Century containing...the new life of Napoleon, Christmas number

The Century containing...the new life of Napoleon, Christmas number

Poster shows a woman in an Aesthetic dress holding peacock on a platter. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1894.

The Century, midsummer holiday number

The Century, midsummer holiday number

Poster shows a woman with a fan with sailboats in the background. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1895

Packer's tar soap...for the hair and skin Louis J. Rhead

Packer's tar soap...for the hair and skin Louis J. Rhead

Advertisement showing young woman, half lgth., holding up her long hair. Color lithograph by Louis John Rhead, copyrighted by Edw. A. Olds, N.Y.C. Promotional goal: U.S. C1. 1895. This record contains unverifie... More

Poster calendar [for] 1897. January, February, March

Poster calendar [for] 1897. January, February, March

Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Gift; J.H. Corning estate.

Poster calendar for 1898

Poster calendar for 1898

Cover of 5-page calendar. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Calendars; Posters; Publ. Ind.

William Caxton made his own ink, but you can have yours made by The Ault & Wiborg Co

William Caxton made his own ink, but you can have yours made by The Au...

Poster showing two men with printing press. 18805H(?) U.S. Copyright Office "The Caxton Press." Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. C29. 1896

The Century magazine for June

The Century magazine for June

Poster shows a woman reading amid yellow flowers. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Promotional goal: U.S. D42. 1896.

Cleveland World - Easter number

Cleveland World - Easter number

Poster shows a two page magazine cover illustrated with half length view of woman and an advertisement for Kimball Pianos. Title from item. Forms part of the Artist poster filing series (Library of Congress) Pr... More

Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894 / Louis J. Rhead.

Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894 / Louis J. Rhead.

Front and back cover of magazine, with front an illustration of woman with bowl of fruit amid fruit trees and corn. Advertisements on back cover for Royal baking powder, Baker's cocoa, Liebig's extract of beef... More

Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894 / Louis J. Rhead.

Harper's Bazaar--Thanksgiving 1894 / Louis J. Rhead.

Front and back cover of magazine, with front an illustration of woman with bowl of fruit amid fruit trees and corn. Advertisements on back cover for Royal baking powder, Baker's cocoa, Liebig's extract of beef... More

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