Pen and black ink on paper, 12 x 19 inches
Rose was a precocious artist; as she was graduating from a San Francisco high school she worked as an illustrator for one of the major newspapers. In her treatment of figures her work superficially resembles that of Charles Dana Gibson, the Massachusetts born illustrator whose first drawings appeared in 1886. However, where his drawings fetishize the “Gibson Girl,” a sleek beauty, Seidkin takes liberties–the effect is closer to the vérité of Lautrec, or Forain, layers of meaning revealed in gesture and expressively modulated line work: six bored beauties in the background surround two gorgons having an amusingly serious political discussion.
The women’s voting rights movement had its start in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Two suffrage organizations were formed in 1869, one led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the other by Lucy Stone. By June 1910, the date of Seidkin’s drawing, the movement had been gathering energy for over sixty years without success, but not until August,1920, when Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment would American women actually have that right!