Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Halloween Witch

This painting has come to be the classic image of the American Halloween witch. The copy shown here was published in 1903 and is truer to the original art than most later copies I have seen. Like the predecessor from 1864 below, it was published as a representation of a witch at (over) Salem Massachusetts in 1692.

By the turn of the century, the Halloween witch in America has moved far toward a rather merry, if not down right mirthful image of witchcraft.

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