Lot 553: Pares (Bip, 1904-1977)


2015-10-06 14:52:35


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Lot 553: Pares (Bip, 1904-1977). Artist's sketchbook, 1934, approximately fifty leaves each with pencil or pen & ink drawings on recto (and most with drawings on verso also), some with the addition of watercolour or pastels, mostly portraits and figure studies, including a self-portrait, but also book illustrations and dustjacket designs, some titled and dated 1934, first leaf near-detached, sheet size 25.5 x 19cm (10 x 7.5ins), front pastedown with ownership name and address in pencil in the artist's hand, dated 1934, original cloth-backed boards, 4to. Ethel Pares, known as 'Bip' from her infant attempts to pronounce the name of a family horse, was best-known for her dustjacket designs and book illustrations, although she also produced poster designs, including some examples for London Transport. She studied at the Slade in the early 1920s, and her best and most striking work was art deco in style, characterised by bold colours and designs. She is said to have designed some 600 dustjackets in all. There are several designs for dustjackets contained herein, including six leaves of preliminary sketches for her striking dustjacket design for Susan Ertz's 1934 publication 'Now We Set Out'. (1) Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015 Thursday, 15th October 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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