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Typed Autobiographical Accounting of Childhood with 11 Original Watercolors - Charles Henry Kingsley-Baille
Typed Autobiographical Accounting of Childhood with 11 Original Watercolors - Charles Henry Kingsley-Baille

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Product Code: 28004635

Housed in a contemporary box with the watercolor monogram (IC) for his sister Ivy Clifford. When opened one finds a 55 pp. typewritten autobiography of the childhood recollections of Charles Henry Kingsley-Baille.  Dedicated to his wife, Ethel and his sister Ivy.  Kingsley-Baille had moved to Canada as a young adult. The foreward describes the occasion for writing the memoir being the death of his wife's grandmother and the regrets of her granddaughter on not having recorded her life's recollections.  Signed by the author at the end of the Foreward. Written in three parts with 11 relevant watercolors.  Charles was the third son of Edmund John Baillie, a successful nurseryman, the three parts centering on the three Chester (England) houses the family lived in, all named Woodbine.  The story concludes with the death of his father in 1897.  Although he refers to it as an autobiography, the author remembers local characters, scenes and events as his family grew ever larger. His "father interested himself in several societies - the Chester Society of Natural Science, the Kingsley Memorial Society, the Ruskin Society, the Archaeological Society of Chester, and several others. He was most active in promoting the erection of the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, which was made possible by the generosity of the Duke of Westminster, who donated the building site, and started the fund with a cheque for 10,000". Charles also remembers an original watercolor by Ruskin given to his father by the artist which hung above his mother's desk, as well as other pictures and letters of Ruskin and "an immense brown and white decorative panel by Walter Crane". Among the other works owned was an immense picture by Dame Clara Knight and one of a Pomeranian dog "by an artist friend of father's - Arthur Boddington - a very strange man - and a confirmed agnostic.   One of his personal accounts was cataloging approximately 8,000 volumes  of his father's books.   There is discussion about his father's beliefs on running a business, the landscape of the three Woodbines and the  characters referenced.   It concludes on a bit of sad not with a postscript from his sister advising that the house which was sold to become a girl's school upon their monther's death had overgrown weeds where the daffodils once flourished. The watercolors include Mike Stout, Fisherman and Wife Beater,  Waverton Church from a watercolour by William Welsh,  The Shocked "Pastor", Baddy,  Father's Coachman, John Huxley,  A view of Woodbine with Daffodil's taken from a Photograph., The Old Town Crier,  La Vinia, Wardell making his bow  and Old Jess (the dog) From a photograph. Measures 7 1/4" x 4 1/4".