Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors

1900 Print (Through the Ceiling) from The Clown's Duel

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This humorous print entitled "Through the Ceiling" comes from The Clown's Duel and Other Stories Without Words, published by E.S. Gorham (New York) in about 1900.  These 4 narrative color illustrations show a painter at his easel working on a painting, while a man in the apartment below is getting ready to hang a lamp from the ceiling.  The man unknowingly attaches the lamp's screw through the floor to the easel above.  The artist notices the screw and tries to remove it.  The easel tips over with the artist's head going through the painting, while the lamp falls from the ceiling, breaks on the table, and knocks the man down.  The page measures 9.75" high by 6.625" wide and is a medium-weight tan-colored paper.  Signed T/Lamouche(?).   In very good condition, although due to the acidic content and age of the paper, the page has yellowed, particularly around the edges.