[ILLUSTRATION] [Edwardian watercolour album] 1910.
Landscape 8vo.; an Edwardian watercolour album (21 x 17.5cm) bound in original diced burgundy leather over padded boards, rounded corners, lettered 'Album' in gilt to upper cover; pp. , on pastel stock in a variety of sugared almond colours; pictorial introductory page consisting of a finely hand-painted Oriental scene, with Chinese figures, in the style of Kurt Wiese, hand-lettered 'Kathleen Travers Hamilton-Jones, 1910', followed by at least 60 pages of finely-executed watercolour illustrations, a few illustrations in line, and several finely reproduced verses in calligraphic script, a handful towards the end of the album with dates (1925, 1938) but most undated and apparently earlier; the book somewhat shaken with abrasions, and small wear, to spine ends and rubbing to edges; internally generally very good, with a little offsetting and some smudging to one page.
A fascinating amateur artist's album of consistently high quality despite, apparently, being composed by a range of hands. The owner, Kathleen Hamilton-Jones, was evidently a considerable talent and would appear to be the major contributor to the work, seemingly responsible for 45 individual watercolour paintings here, which have her "fingerprint". Most are humorous, captioned, illustrations of children and animals following the style of a range of important artists of the period. Hamilton-Jones' versatility extends to producing thoroughly convincing artwork replicating the signature style of artists such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, E.H. Shepard, and Beatrix Potter (including 5 individual images from The Tale of Peter Rabbit which are barely distinguishable from the originals). Further contributions, apparently by other hands, are rather more robust in style and emulate the style of artists employing a more pronounced outline, such as John Hassall. Two accomplished, and captioned, illustrations of cartoon spaniels are handpainted on postcards inserted into the leaves in the fashion of a photograph album, and are signed 'Stanley'. Also included are a highlight series of 4 watercolours of exceptional quality entitled 'The Robber Robbed' depicting a struggle between a white cat and a pair of crows over a bone.