Album of forty fine watercolours by the artist of the Leverian Museum signing under her married name, in striking original condition.
England: partly dating from the 1790s, assembled as an album circa 1825-1830.
Quarto album, 40 original watercolours tipped onto coloured pages, most signed “Sarah Smith”, ornately gilt-printed title-page with added hand-painted monogram in gilt reading “JLS & SS”; the binding of an embossed design of maroon roan, with central classical motif surrounded by an ornate floral pattern, signed by the manufacturer Remnant & Edwards with gilt- stamped “Scrap Book” lettered on the spine.
An exquisite unrecorded album of watercolours by Sarah Stone, the artist who made such a decisive contribution to the early natural history of the Pacific and Australia, particularly by her work recording the diverse objects in the Leverian Musuem. The album is a testament to Stone’s range and skill, and is likely to be a key that will help unlock more details of her later career, the least known period of her work as an artist: the great majority of works in the album are signed with her married name and therefore date from after her 1789 marriage. It is a fascinating and enigmatic assemblage, with a clear provenance to her family, dominated by a series of Stone’s signature depictions of sea- life, exotic birds and artificial curiosities, including a fine image of the mysterious “Tahitian Chief Mourner” acquired by Captain Cook.
In association with Hordern House.