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Garden By The Sea (helen Fisher C.1885) Original Watercolour By Victorian Child For Sale

Garden By The Sea (helen Fisher C.1885) Original Watercolour By Victorian Child

offers are invited for this rare surviving example of a painting by a child growing up in late Victorian England.

Handwritten on both front and back is the name of its young creator,

Helen (also known as Nellie) Fisher

(1875 – 1960).

Also hand-inscribed on the back is the date February 1888.

However, for several reasons, we believe that Helen probably painted this work a few years earlier and that both the date and her name were added later by an adult – perhaps by her mother, Ada Fisher.

Helen, born in 1875, would have been 12 or 13 years old in 1888. In our view, this little painting looks more like the work of a younger child.

Second, at the risk of stating the obvious, with roses in bloom, a sailing boat out at sea, girls in identical summer dresses and boys wearing sailor suits and straw hats – this doesn’t look much like either the English seaside or an English country garden in February!

Finally, although quite similar, the handwriting does not entirely match the signature on other artworks that Helen definitely did sign. It is much closer in style to the ‘May Fisher’ signature and ‘February 1888’ date on a painting, apparently depicting the same location, by Helen’s elder sister, May Chatteris Fisher. We assume that the same adult was responsible for the ‘signatures’ and dates on both paintings.

To compare both sets of ‘signatures’ and dates for yourself, please see our other current sales for ‘Garden Tennis’ by May Chatteris Fisher. You can also make up your own mind about whether the two paintings depict the same location: although the gardens look almost identical, the houses do not.

Both paintings, ‘Garden by the Sea’ by Helen Fisher and ‘Garden Tennis’ by May Chatteris Fisher, have remained in the ownership of May’s descendants ever since her death in 1910 and have never previously been offered for sale.

DIMENSIONS

‘GARDEN BY THE SEA’ BY HELEN FISHER

7.01” / 178mm wide

by

4.53” / 115mm high

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Helen was born, the youngest of three sisters, into a family long associated with the north west of England, and particularly with the thriving industrial and commercial metropolis of Manchester. Her paternal grandfather, Thomas Makin Fisher, was a Manchester saleeer, while her mother’s father, a calico printer named John Chatteris, moved to the city from London in the 1840s.

Helen’s father, William Henry Fisher (b. 1839), seems to have followed in his father’s footsteps, as he is described as an saleeer, architect and surveyor in official records of the time. Also recorded is his marriage in 1871, in Manchester Cathedral, to Ada Chatteris (b.1848).

The couple’s three daughters were born in consecutive years: Margaret (known as Daisy) in 1873, May Chatteris in 1874 and Helen (known as Nellie) in 1875. All three girls tried their hand at painting and drawing as they grew up together, firstly at Withington, about four miles south of Manchester city centre, and later at Bramhall, now a suburb of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.

Helen and May showed artistic promise at a very early age, producing many charming and imaginative paintings and drawings that have survived as rare examples of original art by a Victorian child.

As an adult, and after studying at the Manchester Municipal School of Art, May became an accomplished book illustrator and designer of bookplates, with a particular talent for portraying children and animals. In 1901 and 1904 she illustrated two books of children’s fairy tales for the publishers Sherratt & Hughes: ‘Ignoramus’ by E. Todd and ‘Pixie’ by Frances Reddaway. In 1902, her works were praised in a survey, published in New York, of female bookplate designers on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1904, at Bramhall, May married the established landscape painter, William Smallwood Winder (1869 – 1910). William and May lived in the English Lake District at Staveley, Westmorland (now part of Cumbria), a few miles from the market town of Kendal. They exhibited their art together and were among the founding members of the Lake Artists Society. The couple’s only child, Arthur, was born in 1905.

In 1906, Helen married the journalist and historian Robert Ensor (1877 – 1958) in Manchester. The couple had three sons and two daughters and lived near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Helen died in 1960, two years after her husband.

William and May both died suddenly in 1910 and Arthur was then brought up by relatives. This watercolour by Helen Fisher has been handed down in the Winder family ever since May’s death and has never previously been offered for sale.

Please see our other listings or visit our shop, Terence Kerr Images, for other original drawings and paintings created by both Helen Fisher and May Chatteris Fisher, as children. We also currently offer individual original pages from ‘May’s Picture Book’, a hardbound volume of nursery rhymes, fairy stories & ‘cautionary tales’, hand painted & handwritten for May, when she was 5 or 6 years old, by her cousins.


CONDITION

Although this small original late 19th century watercolour is in good overall condition for its age, it shares an obvious defect with a similar painting which we are currently offering, ‘Garden Tennis’ by May Chatteris Fisher, Helen Fisher’s elder sister. Both paintings were stored folded for many years and although they have been kept flat since they were recovered from an attic in 1997, both have a permanent vertical crease in the centre (see our scans). Although the lightweight paper bearing ‘Garden by the Sea’ has not yellowed significantly, there are some yellow-brown patches on the back (see our scans) that seem to have been caused by light rather than an age-related condition such as ‘foxing’. Fortunately, this discolouration is hardly noticeable from the front. The painted surface is generally clean & Helen’s watercolours are still bright. The only other ‘defect’ worth recording is the slightly ragged top edge towards the upper right corner.

PAYMENT METHODS, DISPATCH & DELIVERY TIMES, SHIPPING & RETURNS POLICY

PAYMENT METHODS

The only payment method we accept is PayPal.

DISPATCH & DELIVERY TIMES

We aim to dispatch all orders within one working day of receipt of cleared payment. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods.

SHIPPING

UK

Our Standard Delivery shipping charges are based on the actual cost of sending the item(s) by Royal Mail 1st Class stamps. For some items, the charge may include a minimal sum to cover the cost of packaging materials. As an alternative, we may offer delivery with enhanced security via Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For.

For certain items, we may also offer Express Delivery using the Royal Mail Special Delivery 1.00pm service.

Please click on the ‘Postage and payments’ tab, above, to view the full range of UK shipping options offered with this listing.

Rest of World

We are willing to ship by air to most countries worldwide either by Royal Mail International Standard (formerly known as Airmail), or, to certain countries, by Royal Mail’s range of Tracking and Signature services (formerly known as Airsure and International Signed For), which provide end-to-end tracking or a signature on delivery, or a combination of both. Please contact us by email to find out whether we are prepared to ship to your destination and how much it would cost.

We seek to ensure that every item we sell, wherever it is going, is shipped suitably protected against the risk of damage in transit. Artworks such as paintings, drawings and original antique engravings are always shipped flat, inside acid-free bags within tough all-board envelopes, and with extra internal stiffening. Archival canvas prints, also protected by acid-free bags, may be sent rolled-up in stout, sealed cardboard tubes.

RETURNS POLICY

Terence Kerr Images is confident you will be delighted with your purchase. However, if you are not satisfied for any reason and you return any item to us within 14 days of delivery, in the same condition in which it was supplied, we will refund the purchase price (which includes outward shipping) in full. This offer excludes any return postage and packaging costs that you may incur.



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