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Lot 21: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (British, 1872-1945) "Prospero and Ariel,"
The Golden Age of Illustration Art
June 22, 2011
New York, NY, USA
"Prospero and Ariel," from an early 20th century edition of Shakespeare's The Tempest. With label on verso.
Signed lower right.
Chalk on paper.
81.9 x 50.8cm (32 1/4 x 20in).
Born in Surrey, Fortescue-Brickdale was trained at the Crystal Palace School of Art and the Royal Academy schools in London. She began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1896. In 1897 she won a prize for the Royal Academy dining room design. She illustrated many books of poetry and prose, and designed posters for the government during World War I, after which her stained glass window designs were in great demand. She was the first woman to be elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and to be an associate member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour. She taught at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, before traveling extensively through Italy and the south of France.