Harper’s February (1898). Edward Penfield (American, 1866-1925). Commercial lithography; orange, green, and black. Met.

Man seated on stool, reading in front of fireplace, with cat in foreground. Penfield’s poster style was his own, characterized by strong shapes simplified to the barest essentials. The simplification of detail was essential to the success of a poster which had to be immediately comprehended by a casual passerby.