Object ID 002089
Object Name I'se Biggest
Object Desc A print of girl standing on box with a St. Bernard dog behind her. In background is a fence and bush. In each corner is a cut-out print of a different flower taped to print.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY002092
General Category Art
Category Art - General
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location 3rd Floor Hallway South
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords art,children,prints,illustrations,
Title I'se Biggest
Description Paper print in color. In four corners there are paper cut-outs of different flower prints that are taped to the paper. Print depicts young girl standing on a box standing in front of a St. Bernard dog. In background is a white fence and a bush. At the lower right corner is text "I'se Biggest". Piece is in gold decorative frame with glass covering and fabric behind print. Wood piece on back with nails holding it onto the frame. Wire across back for hanging.
Medium Paper; ink
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Date MAY 6,2014
Notes Frame is worn with light surface scratches. Print is yellowed and slightly faded. Tape on edges is yellowed. Staining on lower left corner, upper left edge and lower right corner. Edges of print are uneven - looks like there was a line drawn along edges to cut the papper. At left edge at center there is are two tears in paper with no visible loss. Black spots at left edge at center. Black and gray spots at top 1/4 at center. Flower cut outs have creases. Areas of paper layer loss on cut-outs. On back, wood is worn and discolored. Sharp edges - nails around backing and wire about 1/3 way down from tophas sharp edges. Wood backing is cracked just above center completely across.
Date MAY 6,2014
Notes Print needs further research. Could not find artist signature. I could not find a similar print either. This is either a knock-off of the original "I'se Biggest" by painter Arthur John Elsely, or is one of his pieces that could not be found through basic Internet searches. This piece looks nothing like the original "I'se Biggest". Arthur John Elsley was an English painter during the late Victorian period. He often painted children and their pets. In 1892 his painting "I'se Biggest" was published and was so popular there was a re-engraving to satisfy demand for prints. The painting depicts a girl comparing her height to a St. Bernard dog.