Br'er Rabbit, 1881 - 1928, by Arthur Burdett Frost I (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)
Special Installation of Br'er Rabbit by A.B. Frost in Honor of U.S. Commemorative Stamp Issue
February 11, 2001 - April 29, 2001
Illustrator Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928), who specialized in humorous drawings, is best known for his endearing illustrations of the Uncle Remus tales of Joel Chandler Harris. Frost, whose pictures also appeared in Harper's magazine and in books by Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, and Teddy Roosevelt, is one of twenty-one American illustrators honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a pane of 2001 commemorative stamps. The Society of American Illustrators, which recommended Frost along with such artists as Maxfield Parrish, N. C. Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, and Norman Rockwell, chose to represent Frost's work with a drawing from the Clark collection. Sterling and Francine Clark purchased the charming image of Br'er Rabbit, one of the principal characters in Harris's stories, in 1942. To celebrate the February 1 issue of the stamp, the Clark will put the rarely seen original watercolor and pencil drawing on public view, along with a small selection of other American drawings.