Three signed pen-and-ink drawings by Shepard, used in PERFUME FROM PROVENCE by Lady Fortescue, first published in 1935.
Today this title has something of a cult following as Lady Fortescue's books have deservedly seen renewed interest. Shepard's art is perfectly suited to the text, with his characteristic attention to detail:
(A) The first drawing appears on page 66 and is captioned in pencil by Shepard: "It was hard to lose a daughter of hardly seventeen."
(B) The next image appears on page 86 and is captioned in pencil by Shepard: "Champagne corks popped."
(C) The last image appears on page 104 and is captioned in Shepard's hand: "Grasping the receiver in floury hands."
Each drawings is larger than the printed versions. A unique and whimsical collection, accompanied by a copy of the book.
n.p. n.p, [no later than 1935]. 6.5'' x 4.75''; 7'' x 7''; 4.75'' x 3.5''. 3 drawings on artist's board, each captioned below the image in pencil in Shepard's hand. Signed by Shepard in the images and on the versos of each board. Evidence of sticker removal from top corners (not affecting images), some marginal toning to artist's boards. Sold with a copy of the book, all housed together in a handsome custom quarter leather box.
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