Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Maud Tindal Atkinson - Sleeping Beauty etc

We have been lucky recently.... just look at these two pictures.

Both are super fine original watercolour paintings; the first of a young Prince ? in bed with a frog at the foot of his bed and the other has a young knight encountering a sleeping princess entombed in a glass coffin. Almost certainly the original paintings to be used to illustrate a childrens' books, perhaps "The Frog Price" and "Sleeping Beauty".

.... and before you say it; in the Grimm's fairy tale it is the Princess who finds the Frog Prince, so you might expect the figure in the bed to be a beautiful young girl, not as here, a youth!

 ... and as for the artist.... Amy Maud Tindal Atkinson (1875-1954)

She was a successful artist illustrator born at Shortlands in Kent. It is understood that she studied at Art Department of Kings College for Women in Kensington c1905 becoming asuccessful artist; exhibiting 15 works at the Royal Academy from 1906 to 1937. She was also the subject of a painting by Byam Shaw entitled "Maud, Daughter of His Honour Judge Tindal Atkinson." which was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

There are many examples of her work to found if googled and a quick look on abebooks list several editions illustrated with her pictures. Including;

The Land of Nice New Clothes by E. H. Paine (1920)
My Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Samuel J Looker (1922)
The Beautiful Childhood by E France Boulting(1926)
I Will Be Good by Dion Clayton Calthrop (1929)
The Hollow Tree by Geraldine Mockler (?) 

We have these for sale (at the time of posting) on our NEW website -- Go and have look !!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Philip Youngman Carter - Artist Writer

Hello ... I am pleased to be blogging again as I have been re-invigorated by some recent purchases !!

The first of which are these delightful little original prints discovered in a local "thrift" store (to use an Americanism). They were mounted and framed together in a long typical 1930's over mounted style. Sadly the frame and mount were not presentable and they didn't have any gallery labels or annotations.

Wood Engraving - Signed - P Youngman-Carter

A super little wood engraving signed P Youngman Carter - my immediate impression was to think of George Soper, who works almost always features working horses..... and it was mounted together with this etching of a townscape, view across a smokey roofs. If you had to do a "blind test", then I think everyone would assume that they were by different artist.... but no, again signed Youngman Carter.


Different subjects and very different styles, the wood engraving is very much the art deco style of the 1930's, whilst the townscape has a very contemporary style. 

A new name to me ... but a quick google and there he is ... but not so much known for his art but for is association with the fictional detective, Albert Campion as ... Philip "Pip" Youngman Carter was an married to the writer Margery Allingham, the creator of the Albert Campion detective novels. He created many of the cover illustrations for his wife's books and even continued to write Campion novels after her death... clever chap!

He was born in Watford in 1904 and studied art at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. Whilst still a student he produced drawings for The Daily Herald. I found some reference to him as "an etcher" and record that he exhibiting 4 works at the Royal Academy.

... this was the first post for a long time, so I apologise if this feels a little "thin" and under researched. If you need more info on Pip, then try www.margeryallingham.org.uk where you can find pictures of him and his works. 

.... and both of these are for sale at www.meridiangallery.co.uk (as of time of post)