Art Of The Day

Happy Sweetest Day! Celebrated on the third Saturday of October, Sweetest Day was the sweet dream of enterprising candymaker C.C. Hartzell. Noted for the first time in the Cleveland Plain Dealeron on October 8, 1922, Sweetest Day was cooked up by a committee of 12 Ohio confectioners. Give your loved ones some sugar, and treat yourself to this saccharine image by Frederick Moladore Spiegle.

 Born in Brooklyn, New York, Spiegle studied art in Paris. The naturalistic treatment of the dove in this etching offers a clue to the artist’s other interests. As noted in his obituary in the New York Times, Spiegle was best known for his depictions of wildlife, a specialization no doubt sustained by his love of big-game hunting. It was through this hobby that Spiegle became acquainted with President Theodore Roosevelt. In addition to pictures of flora and fauna, Spiegle produced many images for publishers to be used as popular book illustrations, such as this image commissioned by Christian Klackner. Birders of the world: any guesses as to the species of dove? Besides the title, how do we know that this is a love letter? And what fashion tips would you take from this beauty for date night?

Frederick Moladore Spiegle (American, 1863 - 1942)

Love Letter

, 1889
Etching in chine appliqué, 24 3/4 in. x 18 1/2 in.
Gift of J. Thomas and Debra Gabrielson Lee, 2006.302