In the fantastic book, The Poster in History, by Max Gallo, this beautiful poster by Edward Penfield caught my eye. This advertisement for the New York Times, from 1895, illustrates the poster with, get this, a beautiful TILE pattern for the figure, background, AND type treatment. I guess great minds do think alike. This piece is a wonderful example of early Art Nouveau poster design with female subject, the elegant scroll motif, and unusual choice of textural reference. The illustration even tricks the eye (trompe l'oeil) where the newspaper corner extends beyond the frame of the portrait.
**Drop Cap "A" courtesy of Jessica Hische, Daily Drop Cap.