Title Album of Pen-and-Ink Illustrations Framing Albumen Photographs
Binding Full Morocco
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 005440
Charming, varied and meticulously rendered pictorial penwork decoration to many of the mounted photos. N.d., circa 1880s. 8vo. 21 by 17 cm. 28 leaves of card stock, or 54 pages, with mounted photos, and pen-and-ink decoration on 32 of those pages -- we aren't counting the pages with unfinished pencil sketching, although a few of those might arguably be viewed as essentially fully decorated. The photos would appear to be a mix of family members -- the Campbell family, probably other relatives and/or close friends with other surnames -- and celebrities. The penwork, though, is what sets this album apart. Often the illustrations are spread over two facing pages, and sometimes the imagery includes miniature vignette insets. Among the illustrations are a cemetery monument, a mountain road and its ramparts, lighthouses, beached rowboats, shells, willow ware, wildlife, hunters, country manor houses, shore panoramas, etc. The artwork favors rural beauty and the natural world, and the artist, a gifted amateur surely, was seeking to capture the beautiful and the ideal. A few of the drawings feature color ink, but mostly the inkwork is in black. The imagery is of a type one might find in other albums, but seldom as well done as here. Condition: starting, and heavy rubbing, of the joints, and rubbing along the edges and other wear to the binding. Light and even soiling of the leaves.