CLARKE, JOSEPH CLAYTON (''KYD'')
Original illustrations to American Notes For General Circulation, [C. 1920s], comprising:
24 ink and watercolour drawings, 180 x 115mm., each captioned and signed "Kyd", together with title-page ('24 | Original Character | Illustrations to | "AMERICAN | NOTES | for General Circulation" | Drawn in Colors by | "Kyd"'), 25 leaves, collector’s cloth chemise and slipcase, some occasional browning, some minor tears, loss to foot of one leaf (twelfth drawing) not affecting image
Clarke was the most prolific of all the prolific extra-illustrators of Dickens. There are numerous sets or collections which have appeared at auction from significant collectors (“a collection of character drawings” was offered, for example, as part of Richard Manney’s sale at Sotheby’s New York in 1991). The following provenance is conjectural only and may refer to different series: J. Herbert Foster, his sale, Anderson Galleries, 14 March 1922, lot 57 [part lot]; Newbury Frost Read, his sale, Anderson Galleries, 13 November 1925; James Wilson Bullock, his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 4-5 November 1942, lot 261 [part lot]; Seth E. Thomas, Jr, his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 11-12 January 1949, lot 394 [part lot]
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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