Thursday, April 30, 2015

Andrew Kay Womrath

I just finished reading a delightful book, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble  by Zac Bissonnette.
Along the way I made note of the following on page 89 :" My downfall was the Checklists"one early collector told me " Once you have a checklist, you don't look at what you have .You look at what you don't have"
From my own experience I know this to be true.With each checklist I work on I get obsessed with getting the items I don't have. They are sometimes. not even to my liking .

Andrew Kay Womrath (1869-1939) lived and worked in America and England and France.. This makes the preparation of a check list more complicated..

Biographical Information Andrew Kay Womrath 

From Wickipedia
"Andrew Kay Womrath (1869–1939) was an American artist who became well known in France, although he was not widely recognized in the United States.
Andrew Kay Womrath was born in Philadelphia in 1869. He moved to London to study, and then went to Paris, working in both cities for several years. He studied under Urushibara Mokuchu, who bought many of his works. He often worked in advertising. Womrath's work includes drawings, woodblocks and watercolors. His only known poster is an advertisement for a January 1897 exhibition of the Salon des Cent in Paris. It depicts a woman (Gertrude A. Kay ?) leafing through prints beside a somewhat Bohemian-looking man who is admiring a vase.] In April 1896 a number of his drawings and book plates were exhibited in the Champs de Mars Salon. A reviewer in 1902 placed Andrew Kay Womrath in what he called the "Pictorial" group. Some of his colored woodcuts are now held in the British Museum."

.If you have any bookplates designed by A.K.Womrath which are omitted from this list or for which I do not have an image Please send me a scan so that the checklist can be updated.

Checklist Of Bookplates by Andrew Kay Womrath
(An ongoing Work in Progress)

Therese Beyer

Mary Louise Blodget

Edith Brown

Howard Carroll

Marie Clausen

Charles Lumas Dana (engraved by E.D. French)

The image below is from the Brewer Collection, University of Delaware.

Miss Dickinson

E.F.Draper Advertising Co.

Albert Fisk

Katherine Green

Hon. Claude Hay


Marion Lawrence

Claire MacDonald     (from the Brewer Collection, University of Delaware, )

George Gidley Robinson *

Dr. Leonard N. Robinson
Laura Van-Nest Talmage

Martha Thompson

Violet Tweedale

Hon.Arthur Walsh

Lady Clementine Walsh

Eva Cecela Wemyss


Arthur Romaine Womrath

A.K. Womrath

Fred Yuengling

Fellow Collector Anthony Pincott referred me to this issue of The Bookplate Journal which as it turns out is also a good reference for future checklists..Thank you Anthony.

1 comment:

Maywyn Studio said...

Lovley post
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