TIMLIN, William Mitcheson.
Original watercolour: “The Iron Hills”.
From The Ship That Sailed to Mars.
Born in Northumberland, Timlin emigrated to South Africa, where he studied art and practised as an architect. The Ship That Sailed to Mars (1923) is his only published book, a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those of Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen. The book was published by George Harrap, who had earlier published Willy Pogany, and they followed a similar format here, reproducing Timlin’s original calligraphic text mounted, like the plates, on grey matte paper. Timlin’s book is divided in three parts: detailing the building and outfitting of the ship, the journey, and the arrival. “The Iron Hills” is the fourteenth plate of the third part, showing a dragon flying over dark mountain peaks.
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Original watercolour on paper (visible image 245 206 mm; framed 410 370 mm). Together with original leaf of accompanying calligraphic text: the descriptive text to accompany this plate (text in black with initial letters and decorations in blue). Two items individually matted, glazed and framed.