Thursday, September 17, 2009

Madame Talbot first caught my eye several years ago on a trip to New Orleans where I spotted her Bell Witch print in a French Quarter store devoted to sideshow ephemera. Ashleigh Talbot's beautifully detailed work hearkens back to a time of sideshows and mysticism, chronicling the strange, the murderous and the mad of centuries past. The hand drawn designs are a wonderful mixture of the traditions of European etchings and the American broadside that results in a style both classical and pulp. Fans of 19th century advertising will surely be pleased with the shop's offerings.

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