Melbourne: George Robertson & Co., no date but 1911.
OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul.
Attractive children’s book of six stories with engravings by eminent illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Both Tarella (Ella) Quin and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite attended East Melbourne Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Ella was eleven years older than Ida and it was through her younger sister Hazel that the association occurred. In Anderson’s 'Singing Roads', Hazel writes “I mentioned that there was a girl at school who was always decorating the edges of her exercise books with drawings of fairies”.
Outhwaite was both original and prolific; she achieved remarkable commercial success and her style influenced great swathes of artists and illustrators working in the landscape of children's books: ‘the marked success of her work in capturing the imagination of a large audience was the direct impetus behind the spate of finely produced and illustrated Australian children’s fantasy books of the 1920s.’ (Holden, Visions of Fantasy).
Oblong quarto, 190pp, 22cm x 18.5cm, frontispiece and illustrations throughout (many full-page), bright original illustrated dark green linen-grain cloth, hinges repaired but a very good copy.
Price (AUD): $950.00 other currencies