The Brinkley Girls

What do Prudence Prim, Flossie, Gloriette, Dimples, Pretty Polly and Sunny Sue have in common? They’re all 1920’s illustrated heroines by artist Nell Brinkley.

Brinkley’s artistic career, spanning the 1910s to the 1940s,  largely involved her producing action-packed weekly illustrated serials for newspapers like The American Weekly. (It should be noted that she preferred not be called a comic artist.) She also illustrated quite a few advertisements for hair wavers and bob curlers.

Brinkley’s work was influenced by the silent films of her time.  Her long-limbed, curly-haired, mascara-drenched flappers practically narrated every story with their body language, never mind the fluffy type provided below. If you look close enough, a great deal of expression can be found in her subjects’ hands alone.

Brinkley’s precise pen work and bold washes of colour have perfectly captured the best in 1920’s fashion, or at least the best that I’ve ever seen.

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