An original illustration beautifully executed in watercolour and pencil. From "Childhood", a 1907 collection of children's verse written by the artist's sister Githa Sowerby. The illustration shows a little girl yawning as she pulls on her red stocking on her bedroom floor. The detail of the scene, such as the girl's bonnet and the bouquet of roses on the windowsill, is exquisite. The illustration itself measures 12.5 cm x 17 cm, the sheet of paper 14.5 cm x 19 cm, and the gold mount 18 cm x 23.5 cm. Later published by Chatto and Windus, this illustration appears opposite page 12 of the first edition, at the beginning of the fifth verse.
Original works by Millicent Sowerby are very rare; tragically, after her death, Sowerby's niece burned many of them, believing them to be of no value. Childhood, which this illustration is from, was the second children's book she created with her sister Githa. Sowerby's work has been often complimented as sharing a similarity with the work of Kate Greenaway, though her work generally emphasises attention to detail and careful, smooth, three-dimensional rendering more than Greenaway's.
Stock code: 17774