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Sketchbook

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Parsons, Beatrice, born 1870 - died 1955 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper; watercolour, cloth binding

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Katherine Guerrier

  • Museum number:

    E.223-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrice Emma Parsons was trained as a painter at the Royal Academy Schools, and from 1889 exhibited at the R.A. summer exhibitions. Her early pictures, such as 'The Annunciation' (for which May Morris, daughter of William Morris, posed as the Virgin Mary) were often of religious subjects, but she is best known today as a watercolour painter, mainly of flowers and gardens. Beatrice was also part of the William Morris circle and encouraged her younger (and now more famous) brother, Karl Parsons, to take up stained glass designing in the studio of Christopher Whall.

Physical description

Sketchbook, bound in brown cloth, containing preliminary sketches for secular and devotional pictures, figure sketches, portraits and designs, on 34 pages.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Parsons, Beatrice, born 1870 - died 1955 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper; watercolour, cloth binding

Marks and inscriptions

'Louis'
Picture title; below centre, page 6; pencil

'B.P'
Signature; centre right, pages 5 & 6; pencil

'Detail of reed thatch -Bacton- Sept 99'
Bottom left, page 1; pencil

'My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour [Luke I, 46-7]'
Bottom centre; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm, Width: 23 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Historical context note

Beatrice Emma Parsons was trained as a painter at the Royal Academy Schools, and from 1889 exhibited at the R.A. summer exhibitions. Her early pictures, such as `The Annunciationā€™ (for which May Morris posed as the Virgin Mary) were often of religious subjects, but she is best known today as a watercolour painter, mainly of flowers and gardens. Beatrice was also part of the William Morris circle and encouraged her younger (and now more famous) brother, Karl Parsons, to take up stained glass designing in the studio of Christopher Whall.

Descriptive line

Sketchbook, bound in brown cloth, containing preliminary sketches for pictures and designs by Beatrice Parsons, Britain,ca. 1899-1900.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Peter Cormack, [William Morris Gallery]. Karl Parsons. Catalogue of exhibition held at the William Morris Gallery 24th October 1987 -12th March 1988. pp. 1, 4.
Diana Baskervyle-Glegg `The Painted Garden' The art of Beatrice Parsons, Country Life March 19th, 1987, pp. 68-70.

Subjects depicted

Allegorical figures; Altarpieces; Reed thatch; Nereid

Categories

Christianity; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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