Item #6498 [Image, Selwyn- Original Art, Watercolor Design for a Book Binding Executed by May Morris] Selwyn Image Watercolor Art for and Embroidered Cover Binding on Kingsley's Water-Babies, Painted in 1891. Selwyn Image, and May Morris.
[Image, Selwyn- Original Art, Watercolor Design for a Book Binding Executed by May Morris] Selwyn Image Watercolor Art for and Embroidered Cover Binding on Kingsley's Water-Babies, Painted in 1891

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[Image, Selwyn- Original Art, Watercolor Design for a Book Binding Executed by May Morris] Selwyn Image Watercolor Art for and Embroidered Cover Binding on Kingsley's Water-Babies, Painted in 1891

Size of Mat: 16 x 13 3/4 inches. Size of Watercolor Drawing: 7 1/2 by 5 inches, executed by Selwyn Image, noted British Turn of the Century artist, illustrator and designer closely allied to the Arts & Crafts Movement. Watercolor in light brown, darker brown and light gray colors consisting of swirling patterns with four fish at the corners, and one in the center, nail-head spheres, etc. There is a window just below the watercolor showing Imageís description, in his own hand: ìDesign for embroidered cover of the/ Water Babies/ Selwyn Image/1890.î A wonderful original piece of art by Selwyn Image (1849-1930), noted British artist, designer, writer and poet associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement who designed stained-glass windows, furniture, embroidery, and was an illustrator of books. This is a finely wrought watercolor painting of the binding design made for May Morris, who embroidered the binding, and this specific collaboration was explained in detail in an article for the William Morris Society, in 2016: In part: ì... curator Rowan Bain announced an exhibition of the artworks of William Morrisís daughter May, which was held at the William Morris Gallery in East London from October 2017 through January 2018. Our own exhibition at the Morgan featured two items by May, one a sketchbook with two virtually unknown watercolors of Kelmscott Manor, and the other a book cover which she embroidered. The catalogue of the Walthamstow exhibition mentioned a transfer design for this cover at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford but was unaware of the embroidered cover itself owned by the Morgan. The cover was made in 1891 for the 1890 edition of Charles Kingsleyís ìThe Water Babiesî and was designed not by May but by the decorative artist Selwyn Image (1849-1930). Mayís embroidery features gold, blue and dark pink threads rendering an array of Japanese-looking coiled fish and stylized water symbols. May probably added the dark pink and green tulips on the spine of the book, which were not part of the transfer design. The cover was bequeathed to the Morgan in 1994 by Julia P. Wightman, herself a bookbinder and collector.î -Paul Acker, Saint Louis University, President, William Morris Society. Condition is fine. Attractively mounted in museum quality double frame. A most scarce and important art record, bringing together two key artists in the Arts and Crafts movement, and highlighting design and physical craftsmanship. A wonderful item to highlight any bookbinder collection.

Price: $3,250.00   Item #6498

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