Pen-and-ink drawing, unsigned. Francesca Alexander.

Pen-and-ink drawing, unsigned

N.p., [Florence, Italy?], n.d. [ca. 1880s]. Approx. 8" x 12½", very slight toning, else fine. A lovely example of Alexander's illustrative technique showing a family of eight around a dinner table - a husband and wife, a grandmother, and five children, plus another woman (possibly a governess) and an infant child standing in the background. The dinner is being served by two Black servants. This illustration was purchased in the late 1970s by me as part of a larger collection of Ruskin/Alexander materials and extracted at the time as being superflous to the collection. Francesca Alexander (1837-1917) was an American expatriot illustrator and an intimate friend of John Ruskin to whom she was introduced in 1882. He became interested in her work, "especially her simple, spiritual illustrations, and purchased two manuscripts from her for £600. The first was published in 1883 as The Story of Ida with its author listed simply as 'Francesca.' The volume went into several editions in both the United States and Great Britain. Ruskin published her most celebrated work, Roadside Songs, in 1885" (Wikipedia). Item #59329

Price: $800.00

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