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Women: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources (Dover Pictorial Archive) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jim Harter is a successful artist and editor of several Dover Pictura CD-ROM Books, including Harter's Picture Archive for Collage and Illustration, Landscapes and Cityscapes for Artists and Craftspeople, Nautical Illustrations, and more.


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  • File Size: 33703 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 Revised edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVLVP0
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bird That Flew on July 24, 2007
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I liked this book very much - it was a good mix of vintage images showing women in a very wide range of settings. i plan to use it for altered books and art journals and I forsee it being very useful because of the variety. I liked this better than several of the other clip art books of the same publisher; this is one of the most useful.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on December 20, 2007
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I use the pictures in this book for collages. I love the vintage look of the pictures and find that there is a good variety of sizes and subject matter.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
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Wonderful selection. Clear illustrations, easily reproduced for pixels, a little more complicated for vectors because the paper is ever so slightly porous, but it is nicely opaque. And the paper does not change!! My copy dates back and the paper is still white. Great job.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Erickson-Sander TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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This is a great resource of images. It's very diverse in the type/age/ethnicity of the images of women. I would recommend it to any crafter/mixed media artist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on January 14, 2013
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'Women' is an image archive assembled by ace collage artist Jim Harter from Victorian and Edwardian source material. As such, they lend themselves particularly well to collages - most of the figures have been divorced from their original surroundings - and for inclusion in advertisements, posters, and such. In fact, I've seen a few of these images repurposed in the 'fearless flyers' of one of my favorite supermarket chains. As I mentioned in my review of another Dover image archive, it's amazing how bizarre and sometimes creepy these images are divorced from their original context. The focus in this volume is, as you might expect, women of all ages. I detected no overlap in images contained in other Harter-edited books, but a sizable minority of images here are also included in the "Steampunk Sourcebook."

I strongly recommend this book if you're into making collages from vintage materials, and want to point out a few details to you.

1) Although drawn from Victorian/Edwardian source material, the images do not exclusively reflect the fashions of that era. There are several images in Biblical or classical garb, and many non-Western examples of dress and makeup, too.
2) Some of the images are line drawings of other works of art (such as the Mona Lisa, and some of Lord Leighton's androgynous nudes)
3) The grain of the images varies, possibly due to reproducing them on different scales
4) Lastly, unlike other Dover archives there is no CD-ROM included. If you don't want to cut this book up, you'd better resign yourself to a few hour scanning in the pictures yourself. Given the heft of the volume this could take the better part of a 7-hour day to scan and clean the images up a bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura B. on January 7, 2010
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This is a lovely collection of old images of women in various poses and styles of dress. I am excited that these images are copyright free and I hope to be able to use them for my own creative projects.

Thanks, Mom and Dad!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robert drawbaugh on March 22, 2014
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the other Dover Pictorial Archive came with discs, which made it easy to import into my computer for design projects.
due to the outstanding price i can understand why a disc was not included, so i was ready to scan the images i liked, but the paper they used for the book is low quality, the printing inks bleed and the true lines were lost, the images are some what blotchy. The book are great if your ready to rebuild the images in vector, but the images as is will not match up with the crisp edges of the fonts you use while designing. over all i'm happy because they were priced so low and i always re-build Dover work in illustrator, but if your looking to cut and past scanned images into photoshop, the Dover are will look soft.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fashion roadkill on October 26, 2009
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great images, lots of them large enough to scan great. including the famous face used by fornasetti in lots of his work!
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