THE ROSE. An Original Watercolour Illustrating The Hours Of Gladness.

Watercolour on wove paper. Measuring 24 x 16 cms. Signed with initials lower left. An exceptionally fine illustration featuring a magnificent red rose towering above other flora, a bee hovering to the side and a butterfly at the stem, mountains in the distance.

The illustration was published as a full page colour plate illustrating Maurice Maeterlinck's The Hours Of Gladness and appears at page 102 in the 1912 George Allen first edition. A typically meticulous painting by one of the most talented of 'Golden Age' illustrators, who painted animals and plants with an extraordinary understanding and use of architecture and landscape. Provenance: The Brook Street Art Gallery, London [1912] (original gallery label retained); Private UK collection; Bonhams Victorian Watercolours & Illustrations 19th November 2008; private UK collection.

Stock code: 15955

£2,250

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