Bookplate by Gimson

Designed by Ernest Gimson for his brother Sydney Ansell Gimson.

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Year of production :
Drawings and Designs
Dimensions :
Image: H. 6.5cm; W. 6.5cm
Credit Line :
Presented by Mrs C. Bramley in 1962

The bookplate is among very few two-dimensional designs by Gimson for printing on paper.

Gimson produced two initial designs for his brother, Sydney Ansell Gimson. He found it a difficult commission, writing to his brother on 9 March 1898:

‘I have done what I can with the book plates and send you the results. They are neither if them satisfactory . . . I don’t understand designing for reduction. And it would require a more microscopic eye than mine to draw it real size.’

The book plates were used on books in Sydney Gimson’s library.