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“Mother! Oh, if She Were Only Here,” from The Story of Teddy the Bear

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Title

“Mother! Oh, if She Were Only Here,” from The Story of Teddy the Bear

Description

Written and illustrated by artist Sarah Noble Ives, this book tells the story of a little bear cub separated from its mother. By naming her protagonist “Teddy,” Ives gave a nod to President Theodore Roosevelt and a famous 1902 incident in which he spared the life of a captive bear. When new, the book sold for seventy-five cents and it went through three editions before 1932. Ives not only wrote the text for Teddy the Bear, she also provided six watercolor illustrations. She used foliage to frame each design, creating a stained-glass effect that looked fresh and modern in McLoughlin Brothers’ line. Part of the firm’s archive, this watercolor is annotated with color notes by the press team and has a paste-over correcting the caption lettering. Ives grew up near Detroit, Michigan, and studied art in New York and Paris. She kept a studio in New York and later in Boston before moving to California in 1924. Her work for McLoughlin includes approximately fifteen titles published between 1885 and 1920.

Creator

Ives, Sarah Noble, 1864-1944

Source

Sarah Noble Ives. “Mother! Oh, if She Were Only Here,” from The Story of Teddy the Bear. Watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, with paste-over, ca. 1907

Publisher

McLoughlin Brothers

Date

ca. 1907

Identifier

McL_OS13_F273

Catalog no. 76

Citation

Ives, Sarah Noble, 1864-1944 , “ “Mother! Oh, if She Were Only Here,” from The Story of Teddy the Bear,” Radiant With Color, accessed November 14, 2018, http://americanantiquarian.org/radiantwithcolor/items/show/39.