London: Marcus Ward & Co., c.1881. Friendship album of art instructor Ms. [?] Evans with original pencil, watercolor, and gouache artwork. Several of the entries are located at a "Lecture Hall", including one from "Felice Silver (Your College-Mother)". There is also a lovely original gouache signed "Your loving pupil Bertie", leading us to believe Ms. Evans was an accomplished art instructor. Highlights include: an attractive extract of Longfellow, carefully rendered in calligraphy; a watercolor of Dover Castle; a gouache rendering of a sprig of honeysuckle; pencil sketches of a blackbird and water wagtail; and a group of five die-cuts with original gouache illustration pasted-in. There is also a rather fine ink wash of Edinburgh's Canongate Tolbooth rendered in August 1890, presumably while Ms. Evans was on holiday. The volume ends with a lengthy poem copied in by Ms. Evans' mother, Emma S. Evans of Dorchester, that appears to tease her daughter for staying single and refusing to marry. It has been captioned in ink, "Copied in by My Mother-- 'Them's HER sentiments'!!". A total of 56 drawings or entries.
Folio (10.25" by 8"), approx. 75 leaves, most filled with artwork or manuscript. In original publisher's red cloth stamped in black and gold. Good. Spine cracked with some evident loss of leaves, leaves loose, extremities worn, head and tail of spine chipped, some dust soiling. At least one leaf has been sometime excised.