Rare Books

T.R. Ericsson's Crackle & Drag, Vol. 2

Submitted by Anne Trenholme on

Visitors to the recent CMA exhibition DIY: Photographers and Books (August- December 2012) organized by Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum might remember a coming across a box housing 50 booklets revealing family portraits, documents, and other materials relating to the family of the artist, T.R. Ericsson. This is actually Volume 2 of Ericsson’s ongoing series, Crackle & Drag.

"The Night Before Christmas," Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Submitted by Marsha Morrow on

As one of the world's most widely read poems, C. Clement Moore’s "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (1822) has strongly influenced society's conception of Santa Claus, drastically transforming America’s perception of St. Nicholas over the past two centuries. Before the poem’s publication, St. Nicholas was portrayed as a lanky, stern bishop who visited children to dispense both gifts and discipline. Arthur Rackham's 1931 illustrated version, "The Night Before Christmas" recast St. Nicholas into a cheerful, rosy-cheeked elf and established Christmas as a time for giving gifts to children.