Three Centuries of Yale Life Illustrated on Plates

The Yale series is divided into three parts, depicting views from the three centuries of Yale's life, from the rare Johnston and Greenwood engraving of "Yale College in 1718" to the Sterling Memorial Library of 1931.

This series represents the successful attempt of the Yale Alumni Weekly to produce college plates which should be primarily decorative rather than photographic in effect. The designer, Professor Edwin C. Taylor of the Yale School of the Fine Arts, whose students annually won the famous Prix de Rome, has treated his subjects decoratively, without shading or perspective. The rim, shoulder and center are handled as separate planes, following the construction of the plate as in classical models. The original and very beautiful border, which follows the curves of the scalloped edge, has been adapted from the Shannondale rose border used on "New Haven and Yale College" plates thus linking the newer series with that of 1840.

The distinctive blue of the Yale plates was selected in cooperation with Professor R. T. H. Halsey, trustee and chairman of the Committee on American Decorative Arts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

First edition Yale plates have on the reverse a colophon of the famous Yale Fence.

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