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Millicent Sowerby

(1878 -  1967 )
SOWERBY Millicent The Nativity

Bloomsbury London
Jan 20, 2011
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Sowerby Amy Millicent

 

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Millicent Sowerby - Maiden Reaching For An Apple

Millicent Sowerby - Maiden Reaching For An Apple

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Lot number: 43
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Millicent Sowerby - Maiden reaching for an Apple, possibly about to plunge into a Pond to the Consternation of her Companions, early/mid-20th Century pen, ink and watercolour, artist's name to remnants of label verso, approx 22cm x 15cm, within a silvered frame.
Millicent Sowerby - A Children's Book Illustration

Millicent Sowerby - A Children's Book Illustration

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Lot number: 411
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Amy Millicent Sowerby (1878-1967)

A children's book illustration

watercolour and bodycolour

6 x 7.1/4 in. (15.3 x 18.4 cm.)
Millicent Sowerby - The Nativity

Millicent Sowerby - The Nativity

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Lot number: 308
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Amy Millicent Sowerby (1878-1967)
The Nativity
watercolour and body colour over pencil,

20.5 x 29.5cm (8 x 11 3/4 in)
*** Provenance: with Christopher Wood.
Millicent Sowerby - A Young Girl Collecting Apples In An Orchard

Millicent Sowerby - A Young Girl Collecting Apples In An Orchard

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Lot number: 85
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Amy Millicent Sowerby (1878-1967)
A young girl collecting apples in an orchard
signed and dated 'Millicent Sowerby 1900' (lower right)
watercolour and bodycolour
6¾ x 10¼in. (17.2 x 26cm.)
Millicent Sowerby - Six Illustrations To Alice In Wonderland

Millicent Sowerby - Six Illustrations To Alice In Wonderland

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Lot number: 172
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Millicent Sowerby (1878-1967)
Six Illustrations to Alice in Wonderland
pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gumarabic
7.7/8 x 5.3/8 in. (20 x 13.7 cm.)
A set of six (6)
Literature
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, London, 1907, illustrated atpp. 2, 16, 30, 104, 140.
D. Crutch, The Lewis Carroll Handbook, Oxford, 1979, (revisededition), p. 236.
Lot Notes
In the opening paragraph of Alice in Wonderland Alice, tired ofher sister being engrossed in a book, wonders 'what is the use of abook without pictures or conversation'. These recently rediscoveredwatercolours are part of twelve illustrations for the first editionof Alice in Wonderland to appear after the copyright of theoriginal edition with illustrations by Tenniel had expired in 1907.Judging from their exceptional detail and delicate palette it wouldappear that the illustrator fully appreciated Alice's query.
Their creator, Millicent Sowerby, was principally active as anillustrator of children's books in the first two decades of thiscentury. She is also known to have exhibited at the Royal Instituteof Painters in Water-Colour, in addition to contributing tomagazines such as Tatler. Her father, John G. Sowerby (fl.1876-1925), a painter of flowers and landscapes who was greatlyinfluenced by Kate Greenaway, is likely to have contributed to thedevelopment of her illustrative style. Millicent also worked on aseries of books written by her sister Githa. Although the sistersclearly displayed an aptitude for children's literature theircareers were instigated by financial difficulties on their father'spart.
Given the family's active involvement in publishing MillicentSowerby would have been aware of the difficulties in transposing anoriginal watercolour into a printed version. The publishedillustrations are readily perceived as exceptionally fine anddetailed, yet when compared to the originals one realizes that hersubtle application of pastel shades was diminished in reproduction.The blending of rose and mauve on Alice's sash, or the shading ofthe rose petals which creates an effect bordering on iridescence,became a monochromatic cerise or red in publication. Theseillustrations can therefore be appreciated not only as examples ofsignificant artistic competence but also as a reflection of theartist's desire for her readers to enjoy illustrations that were asvibrant and detailed as possible.
This group of watercolours relates to the following chapters:Chapter 1 - 'Down the Rabbit-Hole', Chapter II - 'The Pool ofTears', Chapter III - 'The Caucus-Race and A Long Tale', ChapterVII - 'A Mad Tea-Party', Chapter VIII - 'The Queen's CroquetGround' and Chapter X - 'The Lobster Quadrille'.
The illustrations are similar to those Millicent Sowerby paintedfor R. L. Stevenson's A Children's Garden of Verses (Macmillan,1908). Both show equal attention to detail and delicacy inexecution. She produced new illustrations for a different editionof Alice in Wonderland in 1913 but these were on a much simplerscale and possibly aimed at a younger audience.
Judging from her illustrations, Millicent Sowerby does not appearto have been impervious to the influence of other artists. Althoughit is her father who is known to have been influenced by KateGreenaway, a certain similarity to Greenaway can be discerned,particularly where Alice is shown in profile. Sowerby's apparentpreference for pastel shades and the attention she devoted toflowers brings to mind stylistic features associated with Scottishartists of the period.
Sowerby's earliest works appear to be her most successful as theylent themselves to reproduction. Later in life she concentratedsolely on the task of 'how to gather about her other littlechildren, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strangetale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: andshe would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasurein all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and thehappy summer days' (Chapter XII - 'Alice's Evidence').
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