Edwin John Alexander (1870-1926)
Property from the Alan M. Fortunoff Collection
Edwin John Alexander (1870-1926)

A peacock and marguerites

Edwin John Alexander (1870-1926)
A peacock and marguerites
signed and dated 'Edwin Alexander /99' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on buff oatmeal paper
27 3/8 x 21 in. (69.6 x 53.4 cm.)
Possibly, Mr Currie.
Mrs Richard White (née Currie).
Colonel P.C. Macfarlane.
Lady Selway.
with The Fine Art Society, London, where purchased by
Mr & Mrs Alan Fortunoff, 1985.

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Having studied at the Edinburgh School of Art, Alexander spent four years from 1892 to 1896 living in Egypt, in a houseboat on the Nile. The exotic intensity of colour in this watercolour, dated 1899, may reflect the influence of that time. He is best known for his depictions of birds, flowers and grasses in his native Scotland, and the use here of rough oatmeal paper is typical of his work.

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