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Clark Art Institute Image Featured on U.S. Postage Stamp

For Immediate Release

February 01, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (February 1, 2001) - Today the United States Postal Service issued a pane of commemorative stamps that includes an image from the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The watercolor Br'er Rabbit by Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928), best known for illustrating Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus stories, is one of 20 new stamps honoring great American illustrators. The Clark's image was selected to represent Frost by a panel of experts from the Society of Illustrators. In honor of the stamp's issue, the Clark will put the rarely-seen drawing on view from February 1 through April 29, along with a selection of other drawings from the collection.

Institute founders Sterling and Francine Clark purchased the charming image of Br'er Rabbit, one of the principal characters in Harris's stories, in 1942. The watercolor depicts Br'er Rabbit dressed in dungarees and carrying a corncob pipe. Frost's drawings for the Uncle Remus tales were credited by Harris himself as contributing much to the popularity of the stories. Frost's pictures also appeared in Harper's magazine and in books by Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, and Teddy Roosevelt.  Other artists represented on the pane of stamps include Maxfield Parrish, Edwin Austin Abbey, Rockwell Kent, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell. The Postal Service will print 125 million of the 34-cent stamps.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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