[Title page decorated with birds] [art original] / D.E.C.
Cronin, David Edward, 1839-1925, artist.
[between 1884 and 1890]
1 drawing : watercolor on laid paper ; sheet 38.4 x 27.4 cm
Borden Sale, American Art Gallery, 17-19 February 1913, lot 812. Rains Galleries, New York, NY, 27 November 1935 (W.D. Breaker sale), lot 688, bought in by Breaker. Purchased from William D. Breaker (through G.A. Baker) by W.S. Lewis, 1939. Bound as page 10 in volume 7 of M.C.D. Borden's extensively extra-illustrated copy of: Horace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters / edited by L. B. Seeley ... London : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1884. Date from specially printed title page indicating that the volumes of this copy were "... privately illustrated 1884-1890". Place of production inferred from artist's city of residence during this time period. Signed by the artist with initials in lower right portion of image. Title devised by cataloger.
Watercolor drawing of five birds executed on the specially printed title page to an extra-illustrated volume. Arranged in a vertical column, the four birds drawn to the right of the printed text reside within circular spaces created by a twisting, decorative border; the topmost circle contains a flying swallow, with the three circles below showing birds perched on branches. The design extends slightly over the top of the printed text, with the fifth bird, depicted in flight, occupying the space above an extension of the decorative border.
Birds. Title pages.
Borden, Matthew C. D.--(Matthew Chaloner Durfee),--1842-1912--Ownership. Brecker, William D.--Ownership.
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Horace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters.
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