I’ might just be for imbibe when it comes to this vintage drop cap letter image. In the 39 fancy letter I images that have been added to Reusable Art so far, this one is by far the most elaborate. The letter I itself is heavily decorated with a variety of style elements. Among branches of grape vines covered in leaves, a cherub holds forth a chalice as if inviting us all to indulge in a bit of the sweet wine he is offering. The cherub is so cute in his own right that it might be worthwhile to use him alone but I think the overall presentation of this letter image is wonderful just the way it is.
There are over 200 wonderful, vintage illustrations on Reusable Art that were included in Hill’s Album of Biography and Art. We have the author, Thomas E. Hill, for publishing such a wonderful resource in 1882.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.