25 September 2001
Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)
Three views of Davos, Switzerland
the first incribed and dated 'Davos-platz. Tinsemhorn. '99' (lower right), the second inscribed and dated 'Hürla Pass. Davos. 1899,' (lower left), the third inscribed and dated 'Davos-platz./March. 1899.' (lower right)
7¼ x 9¼in. (18.9 x 23.5cm.) (two)
9 3/8 x 7 3/16in. (23.8 x 18.3cm.) (one)
Two English Landscapes
the first signed and dated 'Ted. 1897.' (lower left), the second signed and dated 'Ted 1897/May.'
12½ x 9in. (31.8 x 22.9cm.)
A Country Church
with inscription 'EA Wilson/IIB Cla[ss]/Classical Prize 1888'
10 x 13in. (25.4 x 33cm.)
An Owl perched on a branch
signed with initials 'E.A.W.' (lower left)
3¾ x 2¼in. (9.5 x 5.8cm.)
By descent from the artist to the present owner.
The present group of Wilson's sketches ranges from a prize-winning drawing made at Cheltenham College in 1888 (he won the School prize for drawing four years in succession) to his Swiss work in Davos where he spent November 1898 - May 1899 convalescing from tuberculosis. He became engaged to Oriana Souper in October and sat his medical examinations in Cambridge at the end of the year. In 1900 he devoted an increasing amount of time to ornithological studies, a vocation which took over as he waited for his health to improve before taking up a hospital appointment. He would join Scott's Discovery expedition in 1901 as surgeon, artist and zoologist, sailing on 6 August, just three weeks after his marriage to Oriana Souper.
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