GAZE, Harold (1884-1963)
Eros and Psyche
Watercolour and pencil on card, 310 x 260 mm, signed lower left and dated 1925, titled in pencil verso; short tear upper right, loss to corner lower right (15 x 15 mm) with replacement paper coloured to match; framed.
An exquisite original watercolour illustrating the romance in Greek mythology between the mortal Psyche and the immortal ‘master of love’, Eros.
Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand in 1884 and studied at art school in London during the First World War. He then moved to Melbourne where he wrote and illustrated a number of books for children. In 1927, after a brief second sojourn in London, he settled in Pasadena, California. In California Gaze worked with Disney and continued to publish. He remained in America until his death in 1963. Many of the details of Gaze’s life have proven elusive to researchers, but his unique and creative children’s stories and delightful imagery remain sought after by collectors.
Provenance: Bonhams London, Victorian Watercolours & Illustrations from a Private Collection, 19 November 2008, lot 54.