The Visitor

Woman Reading 4

“The Visitor” (1925) by Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Girl in Red


“Girl in Red” (1926) by Alice Ruggles Sohier, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Class Picnic

“They gathered upon the sandy banks of a creek, in the blue shade of big, patchy-barked sycamores, with a dancing sky on top of everything and gold dust atwinkle over the water. Hither the napkin-covered baskets were brought from the wagons and assembled in the shade, where they appeared as an attractive little meadow of white napery, and gave both surprise and pleasure to communities of ants and to other original settlers of the neighborhood.”

— From Booth Tarkington’s Ramsey Milholland (1919)



When my mother saw that I liked to read, one of the first books she passed on to me was Penrod by Booth Tarkington. And besides his flowing prose, which felt like someone I liked reading aloud to me, the illustrations by Gordon Grant perfectly captured the tone and the time. This one is from the frontispiece of Ramsey Milholland.