Original Works

  • # 18235

    Elizabeth Ann THORNE (née BISDEE) (1821-1910), attributed

    A suite of watercolours of Australian wildflowers. Sydney, 1865-1870

    Late nineteenth century scrap album, large quarto (330 x 270 mm), original cloth boards, the upper board with blind embossed Art Nouveau decoration and lettering in blue and gilt (rubbed); front pastedown with a twentieth-century bookseller’s typed description taped down: ‘A Botanical Album from the 19th Century / Eighteen fine botanical watercolours of Australian flora …

  • # 16314

    DERMÉE, Paul; TZARA, Tristan; BRETON, André; APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume; DELAUNAY, Robert, et al.

    Dada and Surrealism : an archive

    A collection of ephemeral publications, 1917 – 1960s. Dada and Surrealism – both diffuse artistic, literary and intellectual movements – were defining stages in the history of Modernism. Dada took shape in 1916 in Zurich at the famous Cabaret Voltaire, emerging in the work of artists and poets such as Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp. …

  • # 18725


    A map of the world

    [Title from manuscript cartouche]. Lincoln : T. Twydell, 1812. Manuscript and watercolour map on paper laid down on board, 485 x 710 mm (image), surface soiling, old edge tears, large central tear and small loss to the margins. A spectacular and unique manuscript map of the world in two hemispheres, with detailed decorative border and …

  • # 18703

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    Elves and fairies have thee in their keeping

    [Also known as Fairy Music]. Watercolour on card, 290 x 360 mm, initialed in ink lower centre ‘I.R.O’, titled in pencil lower left. A stunning watercolour painted by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite as an illustration for the book of verse by her sister Annie Rentoul, Elves and Fairies (1916), but not included in the final publication. Exhibited …

  • # 18716

    ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790-1855)

    [FREYCINET] Chamorro people performing a Spanish paloteo (stick dance). Agana, Guam, 1819.

    Watercolour and pencil on artist’s paper, 296 x 398 mm (sheet), signed and dated in ink in lower margin right ‘Js. Arago fecit, 1819’; inscribed by the artist in ink in the upper margin centre ‘Guham, 1819’, and in the lower margin centre ‘Danses exécutées à Agana, appelée dans le pays Le bâton habillé’, and in …

  • # 18715

    ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790-1854)

    [FREYCINET] A Cape Malay slave carrying rooibos bushes. Cape of Good Hope, 1818.

    Watercolour and pencil on watermarked laid paper, 353 x 274 mm (sheet), signed and dated in ink in image lower right ‘Js. Arago fecit, 1818’; inscribed by the artist in ink in the upper margin centre ‘Cap du bonne Espérance’, and in the lower margin centre ‘Hottentôt / Les esclaves hottentôts dont les maîtres sont contents …

  • # 18751

    HITTI, Deanna

    Cultural transaction [with] Towla

    An extraordinary collection of works by contemporary Melbourne artist Deanna Hitti, comprising her artist’s book Towla and two monumental wall pieces titled Cultural Transaction. Towla [Melbourne] : the artist, 2017. Folio, screenprinted buckram, screenprinted endpapers, pp. 40; [8]; 40; screenprinted on Somerset 115gsm Bookwove paper, housed in a screenprinted clamshell box. Limited to 10 copies plus three …

  • # 18494

    HARKER, John

    Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur archaeologist. His paper describing his …

  • # 17833

    Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)

    Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper) + i (parchment) + 96 …

  • # 16416

    ARAGO, Jacques Etienne Victor (1790-1855)

    Original pencil drawing by Jacques Arago of a village in rural France.

    [France, 1830]. Graphite on paper, 175 x 235 mm; signed and dated at lower right, ‘J. Arago 1830’; in good condition, with tiny loss at top left corner and a few spots of foxing; verso with two old tape marks at top edge; unframed. Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) was a writer, artist and explorer who …

  • # 3327

    BONE, Muirhead (1876-1953)

    The Thames at Poplar

    Circa 1930. Black ink, grey wash and pencil on artist’s paper, 110 x 180 mm, captioned in sepia ink lower right Poplar, and signed in pencil lower left Muirhead Bone; the paper with a few toning spots; verso with two residual hinges at the upper corners; entirely stable. The Glasgow-born artist Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) was …

  • # 16148

    DELPIRE, Pierre.

    Original design for an advertisement for Bally shoes.

    Paris, 1955. Gouache on paper, sheet size 350 x 255 mm, signed by the artist at lower right; verso with wet stamp of the commercial artist: ‘Pierre Delpire, 67 rue de la Barre, Enghien-les-bains’; unmounted, in good condition. Bally is a Swiss luxury fashion company, founded as ‘Bally & Co’ in 1851 by Carl Franz …

  • # 15937

    DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

    Original design by Sonia Delaunay

    Pen on paper, 90 x 75 mm, sheet 240 x 175 mm, initialled by the artist lower right and inscribed by her above the work ‘A Monsieur et Madame Jacob Baal Teshuva. Sonia Delaunay, Paris 20-12-69’; laid down on archival board. Delaunay’s sketched design, in the form of a monogram representing her initials ‘S D’, …

  • # 18056

    Creator unknown.


    [United Kingdom], circa 1900. Unpublished manuscript, comprising [19] loosely bound leaves from a nineteenth century scrap album, each 290 x 240 mm; the manuscript is written in ink in a late Victorian hand on 15 sheets of ruled paper laid down individually on the album leaves; the story is accompanied by 9 large ink and …

  • # 17464

    MALTBY, Peg (née Agnes Newberry) (1899-1984)

    Pepita’s Baby : the archive of original watercolours by Peg Maltby

    A suite of nine original watercolours on card, measuring from 160 x 160mm to 250 x 185 mm, including the original illustrations for the front and back covers. Signed in Maltby’s maiden name ‘Agnes Newberry’ on the front cover; accompanied by a copy of the original publication (Melbourne : Murphett, 1944). The complete original artwork …

  • # 13653

    GROSZ, George (1893-1959)

    Group of eight humorous buffet signs made for Erich and Lene Cohn, Grosz’s American art dealers.

    [Between 1940 and 1945]. Tempera on card; various dimensions from 75 x 200 mm to 130 x 280 mm (irregular), four with illustrations; all in very good condition. The German Dada caricaturist and painter George Grosz spent much of his career in America, where he lived and worked between 1933 and 1958. This playful set …