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TIMLIN, William M.

Untitled illustration for "The Building of a Fairy City".

Kimberley, South Africa,: 1939 Stock Code: 44516
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This magnificent signed illustration appears to be from Timlin's watercolor cycle The Building of a Fairy City, left unpublished upon his death in 1943. Timlin's "most significant expression of the world of fantasy, which formed a considerable part of his output, is to be found among his studies for The Building of a Fairy City, which flowed forth from his profession as an architect, the series exhibiting some fine structural drawing arising from an enchanted dreamland" (Rall, p. 164).

Timlin's noted work The Ship that Sailed to Mars (1923) was in progress for two years and expanded until in its final form it had 48 pages of text and 48 colour plates, showing remarkable flights of fantasy, before being published by George Harrap, who decided not to typeset the text but reproduce the original calligraphy. Northumberland born, Timlin moved to Kimberley, South Africa in 1912 and designed a number of important buildings in Kimberley while pursuing his interest in art, turning out a large number of watercolour fantasies in addition to oils, pastels, etchings and periodical illustrations. His work was regularly exhibited. He also wrote stories and composed music.

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Original artwork in pen, ink and watercolour on paper. Image approximately 900 x 740 mm. Signed and dated William M. Timlin 1939 to the lower right. Framed.


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