Small Group of Original Illustrative Watercolor Artworks Signed By Phyllis Yglesias
Yglesias, Phyllis

Small group of art consisting of four pieces, with some ancillary material, done in a style very reminiscent of the work of Arthur Rackham; no date but circa 1930 or so; including: 2 'border elements' one of small undersea plantlike- beings with faces and the other with stylized goldfish or koi, swimming around blossoming sea-plants, both in muted orange and blue-gray tones, approximately 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"; one pen & ink and colored piece entitled "An Inspection." (with written below) "Conscience inspecting the book (of sins)" signed in ink lower right approx. 5 1/2" x 8"; and another pen & ink and colored piece, approx. 6 3/4" x 7" of a pondering seated elf in a patterned yellow vest with many curious creatures and plants surrounding him, done in the same 'fantastic' style, signed lower right; all the pieces accomplished on watercolor paper which was then laid-down onto cardstock and apparently had been over-matted at some point, as the old glue residue from the over-covering is evident around the edges of the card; evidently, the piece was to be set up as a panel, since there are layout instructions with measurements and pattern on the backs of the artworks, and one with "Conscience Inspecting the Book of Sins" in ink, with the other a poetic stanza: A Man of the Wilderness said to me/"How many strawberries grow in the sea?"/I answered him as I thought good,/"As many red herrings as grow in the wood". - which is a direct quote from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin story by Beatrix Potter and evidently an old folk proverb; also another name pencilled-on the back of Geo. Duncan Es(q) 14 Y(?) Pk; Phyllis (Pog) Yglesias (d. 1977) British watercolor and drawing artist, wood carver, toy maker, was active from 1912. She was the sister of Dorothy Yglesias and daughter of British painter Vincent Philip Yglesias (1845-1911). She was one of the artists from the 'Newlyn school' and those working in the Lamorna Valley. The sisters were great naturalists and bird lovers and founded the now-famous Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary, a wildlife hospital based near Mousehole, Cornwall, UK. in 1928, which later became extremely important following the Torrey Canyon oil spill disaster, spearheading the rescue and rehabilitation efforts associated with the affects on the coastal birds and wildlife after the wreck of this tanker on the Cornish coast in 1967. Rather sadly and ironically, we include here a copy of the Dorothy Yglesias book on the story of the founding of the Sanctuary "The Cry of a Bird" written in 1962, 5 years before this marine disaster occurred. The book contains a line-drawing frontispiece by Phyllis Yglesias and is illustrated with black and white photographs of the sisters' life-work of bird rescue and is in very good condition in its jacket; the artwork in very good condition, one 'border' with a tiny hole, the rest very good, with the cardstock surrounds having the old glue residue on the edges. Very Good (Item ID: 19053)


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