Title Album of Twenty Small Swiss Watercolored Views
Binding Full Morocco. Two brass clasps.
Seller ID 006416
Bookplate of Sir Oswald Mosley, the 5th Baronet, and the father of the notorious British Fascist! The artwork all by one hand, and almost surely done by a Mosley. 8vo. 23 by 19 cm. Ten leaves of heavy card, each with a watercolor measuring 10 by 9 cm mounted into a window on both the recto and verso. Watercolors are classic Swiss views, rendered by a deft amateur hand. They exude a naive charm, which is not to say that they do not capture some quite fine detail. Generally people, the size of specks, serve to provide scale, as do such things as boats and carts -- the time tested props of many a panorama painting. The places, noted in captions, include the Gorge du Trient, Carouge, the Giessbach Falls, the falls of Schaffhausen, a road leading to St. Gingolph, the Piumogna Falls, the glacier at Grindelwald, the Drachenfels, the road from Grindelwald to Unterseen, the Wesenhof by Thun, the Staubach Falls, the Wetterhorn, the Via Mala Gorge, the Wengenalp, Splungen, Unspunen, Lake Como by Bellaggio, Lake Geneva and Goldswyl. Often, in addition to the rivers, lakes and mountains, there are buildings, bridges, and othe man-made structures, all rendered ably. Some scattered light foxing. All tissue guards intact.