Original Fairy Tale Composed, Handwritten & Illustrated C.1882 By Victorian Girl
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Original Fairy Tale Composed, Handwritten & Illustrated C.1882 By Victorian Girl:
This sale is for an 8-page / 16-side hand-stitched booklet made from sheets of late 19th Century laid paper. The charming story, told over five chapters, is handwritten in pencil and profusely illustrated by its author, May Chatteris Fisher, in a mixture of pencil, black ink and watercolour paint. Almost all of the illustrations are signed ‘M.F.’, and on the final page, the story – inevitably – ends with the phrase: “They lived happily ever after”, above May’s signature.
The booklet is approximately:
7.1” / 181mm high
4.49” / 114mm wide
The 12 scans accompanying this listing do not show the entire booklet from cover to cover, but are intended to provide representative examples of both the text and the illustrations.
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May Chatteris Fisher was born at Bramhall, now part of Greater Manchester, and grew up there with her two sisters. She showed artistic promise at a very early age, producing many charming and imaginative paintings and drawings that have survived the 104 years since her death as rare examples of original art by a Victorian child.
May unfortunately did not date her ‘Rosabelle and Hotspur’ story, but we have assumed from the style of the handwriting and of her illustrations that she was probably no more than eight years old at the time. This means that the booklet probably dates from around the year 1882.
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 included in a survey published in New York of female bookplate designers on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 1904, May married the established landscape painter, William Smallwood Winder (1869 – 1910). They lived in the English Lake District at Staveley, Westmorland (now part of Cumbria), exhibited their art together, and were among the founding members of the Lake Artists Society. Their only child, Arthur, was born in 1905. William and May both died suddenly in 1910 and Arthur was then brought up by relatives.
‘Rosabelle and Hotspur’ has been handed down in the Winder family ever since May’s death and has never previously been offered for sale.
Considering that it is at least 130 years old, this little booklet is still in remarkably good condition. The cotton stitching is intact, every word of May Chatteris Fisher’s fairy story is readable & the watercolour paint she used on some of the illustrations is still bright. Not surprisingly, the inside pages are in better condition than the cover, which is generally slightly dirty. There are a few light brown foxing spots on both faces of the front page & and also some brown patches on both the front & back pages which were perhaps caused by light rather than by age. There are no other defects worth mentioning elsewhere in the booklet.
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