Hilda Glasgow’s works revived with ‘The White Cabinet’

Liz Glasgow holds up one of her mother's drawings. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Liz Glasgow holds up one of her mother’s drawings. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Back in the mid-20th century, before photography became the norm in fashion and advertising, Hilda Glasgow would sketch glamorous women wearing the styles of the day for department store ads and magazine spreads.

Despite the skill it demanded or the sense of time and style the images evoke, her work was considered just a commercial commodity at the time.

“In her day, because photography didn’t reproduce well, they advertised clothing through fashion illustration. It wasn’t considered fine art at all,” her only child, Liz Glasgow, said during a recent interview at the Greenport home she shares with her husband, Jim Nemeth.


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