London, South Kensington
3 July 2003
Annie French (1873-1965)
Led away by fairies
inscribed extensively with verse (on the reverse)
pen and brown ink, brown wash
5 x 8 1/8 in. (12.7 x 20.8 cm.)
Sir James French, brother of the artist.
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An original illustration for the work entitled The Fairy Wood, from Annie French's 'Drawings of Fantasy', Burlington Gallery, London, December 1919, no. 29.
Born in Glasgow, Annie French studied at The Glasgow School of Art under F.H. Newberry. Her book illustrations, greetings-card designs and pen and watercolour compositions on vellum were similar in their art nouveau style to the work of her near contemporary, Jessie Marion King (1879-1949). Annie French took over King's post in the G.S.A. Department of Design in 1909. In 1914 she married the artist George Wooliscroft Rhead (1854-1920) and settled in London.
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