A set of four original drawings in pen, ink, and gouache for an amateur theater production in Paris each signed by Barbier.The French artist George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most sophisticated and prolific illustrators and designers of his era. His Art Deco creations using the techniques of pochoir printing were both modern and classic, highly stylized, and extremely colorful. He became extremely popular after his first exhibition at the age of twenty-nine, and was widely sought after to design theater and ballet costumes, illustrate books, and most notably to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He was somewhat forgotten after his early death at age fifty, but there has been strong renewed interest in his work in recent years. These charming drawings were done early in Barbier’s career when his style wasn’t yet fully matured. Early work by well known artists is important; although, less valuable. Three of the illustrations are full length figures, two of bearded men and one young boy shown dancing. The fourth drawing depicts the heads of two men and two women, labeled A, B, C, and D. All are in near fine condition, although along the top of the back of each sheet of paper is a glue remnant where once mounted on something. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. ORIG/080816.
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. Original caricature done in ink on paper. The caricature celebrates the opening night of The Happy Life, a play by Louis N. Parker and Murray Carson, staged at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in 1897. It depicts Parker (standing atop the Duke of York’s column), Carson, and Max (top hat and wasp-waisted coat) himself drinking champagne. Both Parker and Carson were important dramatists at the turn of the century; Beerbohm would later collaborate with Carson on a one-act “curtain-raiser” in 1914, The fly on the wheel. Inscribed “Best wishes in a great success. December 6 ’97” and signed “Max.” Unrecorded; not in Hart-Davis’s catalogue of Beerbohm’s caricatures. In near fine condition and nicely framed. 20 x 25.4 cm. ORIG/011216.
circa 1900. 8vo. Original pen and ink drawing by Ilbery Lynch. The drawing is of a robed man with long hair. Little is known about Lynch, though he was a follower of Aubrey Beardsley and contemporary of Oscar Wilde. Lynch illustrated Dunsany’s Five Plays and Bramah’s Transmutation of Ling, among other works. The drawing is unsigned and undated, but would be early 20th century. 6.5" x 3.5" on cream paper. ART/020607. Very Good.
No Binding. A delightful ink drawing by English illustrator, Phil May (1864 - 1903), who made regular contributions to many periodicals, including the Sydney Bulletin, St. Stephens Review, Daily Graphics, and Punch. He also published his own annuals from 1892 - 1905 and supplemented these with additional larger albums. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. May, a short man of slight build, has drawn himself in a wonderfully comic manner, as is typical of his self-portraits. He depicts himself as being enormously fat and smoking a cigar following a meal. The drawing is inscribed by May and reads: “Menu. Savoy Omlette, Cold Beef (plat de jour), Spring Onions (off), Cabbage (pickled)” and is titled “What a Feed I’ve Had.” It is also signed by the artist, “Fill May.” The drawing has been mounted on a piece of archival board and matted. The bottom right corner of the paper is missing; to make this less evident; the board behind the drawing has been watercolored in light blue to match the color of the paper. There are a few light spots of foxing to the paper. Ink drawing measures 7 x 5 inches. The mat measures 19 x 12.5 inches. ART/050609. Very good.