The Hearts Country

Continuing with my series of utterly lovely images discovered on Project Gutenberg today I bring you The Hearts Country, by Mary Heaton Vorse,  a book I cannot yet vouch for because I haven't read it though it is now languishing idly amongst the hoards of other promising vintage reads on my Kindle that I one day I intend to devour... The book features four sepia tinted watercolours by Alice Barber Stephens, an early twentieth century magazine illustrator responsible for many of the darling domestic images featuring children you will probably have come across on your vintage travels at one point or another, and to my mind it is the gorgeous palette of muted colours she uses that make this little set  of images worthy of a place in my list of  illustrated lovelies...

That and the occasionally ludicrous, totally out of context titles given to the illustrations oft to be found in olden days books...

"YOU MUST COME!"

"I HATE YOUR SOCIETY ANYWAY! I NEVER DID WANT TO BE AN OLD MAID"

"SHE IS VERY LOVELY"

"SHE TOWERED ABOVE ELLEN, AN AVENGING FATE"

Enjoy!

Oooh and P.S: My collection of vintage images now has it's own category on BrocanteHome so you don't have to go searching through the archives. Simply click "Vintage Images" in the bar above and you will find all the free images I have featured so far...