Le Vieux Carre de la Nouvelle Orleans Over a Span of Many Years.
1929 (dated) 25 x 37 in (63.5 x 93.98 cm)
1 : 2000
This is a rare 1929 pictorial map of New Orleans issued and signed by Lucile Gillican and Louis Elizabeth Andrews Fischer (1901-1974). The map covers the New Orleans French Quarter or Vieux Carre highlighting historic buildings and New Orleans culture. Among other sights, the map highlights the site of voodoo rituals on Congo Square (now Beauregard Square), the home of the pirate Jean Lafitte, and John James Audubon's studio.
While the copyright identifies Lucille Gillican, we have no evidence that she was an artist. Most likely she commissioned the work from her friend, the artist Louis Elizabeth Andrews, in order to support the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans. The artwork throughout is akin to Andrews' style. Nonetheless, the map is signed by Gillican and inscribed to 'Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bailey.'
The map was drawn in 1928 and published in 1929. There are at least two editions, a more common smaller format edition, measuring 22 x 15.5 inches, and the presently offered large format edition, 37 x 25 inches.
Lucile Reynolds Gillican (April 7, 1884 - May, 1976) was a New Orleans socialite and patron of the arts. Born Lucile Vardell in South Carolina, she married New Orleans business magnate Walter Boyer Gillican in 1908. Mr. Gillican was the owner of the Fort Bayou Turpentine Company and the New Orleans Naval Stores Company Turpentine. Between the town companies Gillian controlled most of the world's supply of turpentine. The pair were active in the New Orleans social scene, often hosting large gatherings and were known for their support of local artists.
Louis Elizabeth Andrews Fischer (1901-1974) was a New Orleans bookseller, carnival costume designer, and artist active in the middle part of the 20th century. She studied at Newcomb college from 1917 to 1921, after which she opened a book shop on St. Peter Street, in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Fischer was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans (1922 - 1951) and a prominent figure in the New Orleans art and social scene. She was particularly admired for her extravagant costume designs for the annual Carnival or New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades. She studied the esoteric art of carnival costume design under Ellsworth Woodward while at Newcomb College. Personally, she was known for flamboyance in dress and personal style, often dressing in tweed jackets with neckties and wearing ethnic costumes. She lived in the Pontalba Apartments in the French Quarter with her husband Lawrence Fisher, who she married in 1926.
Very good. Minor wear on original fold lines and verso reinforcement at a few fold intersections.
OCLC 15797815. Harvard University, Map Coll (Pusey) MAP-LC G4014.N5A5 1929 .G5.