Publisher: [France, Italy, Switzerland and Britain, circa 1880-1925].
Condition: Overall condition is very good; sketchbooks with ordinary wear; foxing to just some of the works on watercolor board; a few photographs with edge wear; a large and well-rounded archive, fully deserving of proper preservation and study, with much to say about the intersections of Victorian landscape art, early photography, and the working methods and commercial life of husband and wife professional artists. A detailed description of the collection is available via pdf on our website at www.brickrow.com on the catalogues page.
Book ID: 28460
DescriptionThe Stevens were successful artists in Europe and Britain between the later stages of the Victorian era and the early 20th century. They held regular exhibitions of their collaborative landscape studies of the French Riviera, Swiss Alps, Italian lakes and English countryside. They maintained galleries at Cannes and London and were patronized by European royalty and aristocracy, including Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress of Russia. The archive includes a portfolio of 20 watercolor studies and 15 pencil sketches; eight sketchbooks with approximately 100 watercolor or pencil studies; two albums of newspaper exhibition reviews; a file of testimonials, documents and letters concerning Russian purchases; printed invitation cards, gallery and price references; lists of important patrons; approximately 280 photographs taken by the Stevens (mostly silver gelatin prints); and three albumen photographs signed and captioned on the verso "Frank Mason Good." A fine archive that documents the artists' working methods with field sketches, watercolor studies, and the use of photography; as well, the archive documents their commercial and financial success through correspondence, exhibition announcements, and two albums of fastidiously compiled press clippings.