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Sarah Wyman Whitman
American, 1842-1904

A celebrated artist, in several media, including oil, pastels, and stained glass, Sarah Wyman Whitman was a principal designer for Houghton, Mifflin. Her spare and elegant book designs are important manifestations of the Art Nouveau style in America. For Celia Thaxter’s An Island Garden she created a striking row of stylized poppies whose attenuated stems end in hearts, executed in gold-stamped green publisher’s cloth.

An Island Garden, binding design by Sarah Wyman Whitman

An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1895, c1894. Binding design by Sarah Wyman Whitman.
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