Early Rising BY LAUREN FORD
LAUREN FORD is the daughter of Simeon Ford, who for years was considered
Chauncey Depew’s only rival as America’s ace after-dinner speaker,
and Julia Ellsworth Ford, author and philanthropist,
who in 1934 established an annual contest for encouraging literature for the young.
Lauren Ford shares her mother’s interest in children, but much of her work is
marked by a deeply religious quality, too.
Early Rising is, however, just a little genre scene-a view into an old
Fashioned room with two girls of the primmest sort the center of attention.
The larger girl is tying her little sister’s hair bow.
The atmosphere of the picture is partly Kate Greenaway,
partly Louisa May Alcott-and all homespun.
The scene has a dozen quaint, tenderly observant touches.
The little dog, the disorderly bureau, the miniature on the
wall-all testify to the artist’s feeling for a charming past.