BOYLE, Rosalie. ~ [Album of watercolours, sketches and lithographs. [England: Essex, 1862-1870].
Folio album (266 × 210 mm), 74 leaves (plus several blanks at end) bearing 32 watercolours, 40 pencil drawings (heightened in white), most with captions and 5 small lithographs. Contemporary half morocco album. Endpapers renewed. Front free end paper inscribed ‘Rosalie Boyle, 1862’.
An interesting selection of watercolours, drawings and lithographs by a Victorian woman. Some are typical, if very accomplished, holiday or genre scenes, but there is an interesting scattering of domestic scenes: a women sewing, another at a substantial treadle sewing machine, making mincemeat, crocheting, picking peas, and drawing in an album. Of special interest are 5 original and probably unique lithographs, evidently the work of the same artist, nicely demonstrating the contemporary enthusiasm for amateur lithography among women. Some are trials for letterheads, giving the address: ‘The Rookery, George Lane, Parish of Woodford’ [Essex]. Among the travel watercolours are some really lovely seaside scenes and a finely observed interior of a railway sleeping compartment on the Geneva-Paris line.