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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    May Capron Hollist (d. 1947)

    A collection of fifty-three watercolours of wild flowers, including twenty-two double-sided sheets

    Price Realised  

    May Capron Hollist (d. 1947)
    A collection of fifty-three watercolours of wild flowers, including twenty-two double-sided sheets
    numbered variously 1-44 and 1-24 and inscribed variously with Latin names of the flowers
    pencil and watercolour
    14 x 9 7/8 in. (35.5 x 24.6 cm.); and smaller; with two accompanying letters detailing and correcting the Latin names (55)


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    Little is known about the artist who suffered from ill health throughout her life and used painting as a way to escape from the bleakness of daily life into a world of beauty and creativity. She was the daughter of Lt. Colonel J.P. Hollist (DL) and was brought up between the family houses at Lodsworth, Sussex, and 50 St. James's Square, London. In later life she often travelled around Europe recording in watercolour the flora and fauna that she encountered.

    Mary Jennings, the initial owner of the present watercolours was the companion of the artist for the last twenty years of her life, having met her in the early 1920s when they were both involved in setting up the The Girl Guides. Hollist appears in the list of Council members in the original Girl Guides Royal Charter of 1922.

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    Provenance

    A gift from the artist to Mary Jennings and by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that these watercolours are all to be sold unframed.