Among the Pond People
by Clara D.
New York, Dutton, 1901
19.8 x 13.4 cm.
[signed F.C. Gordon]
turtle has one foot on the border of the picture
and the lotus pads come out the sides of it, evoking the feeling
of coming out of the water. In one sense it's like an inhabited
initial letter of the renaissance, with the turtle using the
border as a prop. But there is more of the Japanese woodcut in
the flow of the image.
The March of the White Guard
by Gilbert Parker
Illustrations by W.E.B. Starkweather
New York: R.F. Fenno and Company, 1902
19.7 x 13.4 cm.
[unsigned, W.E.B. Starkweather, signed endpapers]
and effective design, it is simultaneously realistic and
abstract. One almost gets the sensation that the
wind might blow some of the image off the cover.
by John Luther
Illustrated by C. Yarnall Abbott
The Century Co., October, 1903
21.3 x 14.6 cm.
[signed Y., Genjiro Yeto]
have attributed this "Y." design to the illustrator,
but there is nothing stylistically to support the notion that C. Yarnall
Abbott did both the illustrations and the cover design. I
believe it is the work of Genjiro Yeto. Japanese artists and
Japanese Americans illustrated several of the titles in the
collection, and were influential on other artists and designers
of the time. Among the most important of these was Genjiro Yeto
(later known as Genjiro Kataoka), who was part of the
Cob artists colony.3
reasonable to think Yeto designed this particular cover, and not
only because of the stylistic similarity of the design to Yeto's
1901 illustrations and decorations for A Japanese
Yeto served as a consultant for David Belasco's first stage production
of Madame Butterfly in 1900, and would have been a likely choice
as designer for Century's 1903 edition of Long's original story,
which first appeared in Century Magazine in January,
1898. Yeto did other work for Century, including the
illustrations for their 1909 publication of Little
Sister Snow by Frances Little (as Genjiro Kataoka).
Larkin, Susan G. The Cos Cob Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore
. National Academy of Design/ Yale University Press, 2001(ISBN:0300088523)