Charles Dana Gibson’s Book “The Social Ladder”

June 29, 2013

The book “The Social Ladder,” published in 1902, contains the a large collection of drawings by the great draughtsman, Charles Dana Gibson.

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The first image above is the face most often used to illustrate what became known as the “Gibson Girl,” a wealthy, self-obsessed woman of style and manners at the turn of the 20th Century, here both beautifully idolized and spoofed. Think: an American Downton Abbey minus the drama.

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  1. Thanks for this David, and for similar posts – they’re excellent drawings and an education as well 🙂

  2. I love his art work. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. I actually have this book, “The Social Ladder.” My grandmother gave it to me, I was obsessed with it as a child, and still love it today!

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