HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT:
This paper is intended to introduce the unfamiliar to the delightful art of fore-edge painting. In particular, this paper will discuss the development of the "hidden" fore-edge painting, for which the term fore-edge painting is most commonly used.
The following narrative will feature examples from the George M. and Alice Gill and the George M. and Frances L. Gill Fore-Edge Painting Collections, which are held in the Marist College Archives and Special Collections in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mr. George M. Gill generously donated his collection of 36 fore-edge paintings to Marist College in 1996 in memory of his late wife Alice Gill. In 2005 Mrs. Frances Gill donated her collection of 18 fore-edge paintings in memory of her late husband George M. Gill. The Gill Collections represent one of the pinnacles in the history of book decoration and book binding, and are the highlight of our Rare Book Collection. The collection consists of 54 volumes (44 titles) that were published between 1789 and 1909 in England, the United States, and France.