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This adorable print called “Tommy had never before had any real coasting like this” is from the 1908 book “Tommy Trot’s Visit to Santa Claus” written by Thomas Nelson Page and illustrated by Victor C. Anderson (1882 -1937) and published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Anderson was an American painter and illustrator, primarily known for his rural life scenes and landscapes. His father was also a well-known painter of the Hudson River School and his daughter Joan was a well-known watercolor artist. Anderson spent most of his life in New York State, settling in White Plains where he died. When he enrolled in the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he was accomplished enough to go directly into the life-drawing class. He studied with Birge Harrison at Woodstock, New York during one summer and also took classes from Hobart Nichols and Herman Dudley Murphy. In New York City, while he maintained a high-powered illustration career, he was also an active fine-art painter and had memberships and exhibited at the Grand Central Art Galleries and the Salmagundi Club and exhibited at the National Academy of Design. As an illustrator, he did commission work for magazines including "Life", "Woman's Home Companion", "Collier's", "Country Gentlemen", and "The Ladies Home Journal". He illustrated two children's books, "Tommy Trot's Visit to Santa Claus" and "Moonbeam Wish Book".

There is slight uniform yellowing of the paper around the actual image as well as some wear at the page edges in line with what you would expect of a print that is over 100 years old. The soft muted colors and look of wonder on the children’s faces offers a glimpse into art created at the turn of the century. The print definition and quality are typical of that time period, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but adds timeless charm to this beautiful image. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed).

Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 5-1/2 x 8” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 8x10 standard frame.

Antique book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts at birthdays, the holidays, a baby shower, a housewarming, or just for that special someone, as they are always unique, charming and unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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Children Never Before had Real Sledding - Antique 1908 Print


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: original antique book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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