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Jane Eyre (1911) - Three Watercolour Illustrations

Jane Eyre (1911) - Three Watercolour Illustrations by BRONTE, Charlotte - Mary V Wheelhouse (1911)

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Author: BRONTE, Charlotte - Mary V Wheelhouse
Title: Three published illustrations to 1911 Jane Eyre
Year: 1911
Publisher: G Bell
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
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[3 watercolours; Jane Eyre, illus M V Wheelhouse, 1911, G Bell] Three illustrations to a 1911 edition of Jane Eyre including an image of the moment when Jane hears Rochester's disembodied voice call to her accompanied by the book itself. By the painter and illustrator Mary V Wheelhouse who studied in Paris before moving to Chelsea in London where she completed these images for G Bell's edition of Jane Eyre which appeared in 1911 with a new introduction by Clement Shorter.

1 'The hills beyond Marsh Glen sent the answer Faintly back' - Jane hearing Rochester's voice - (14.5x23cm) mounted and framed, signed in the image by Wheelhouse with an exhibition label for 'Turin - 1913 - WIAC [Women's International Art Club]' and a label in Wheelhouse's hand to reverse giving the artist's name and a price '£5.5.0 without copyright'; a Chelsea framer's label below. This image appears as the frontispiece to the Bell edition, reproduced in colour with tissue guard.

2. 'They went, shutting the door and locking it behind them', signed in the image by Wheelhouse; framed and titled by Wheelhouse on the reverse 'The red room' (Jane's prison at Gateshead Hall, Chapter II) with the framer's label; appears at page 8 in the printed edition where it too is reproduced in colour.

3. 'I took a set: St. John stood near me' (preparatory to St John's proposal of marriage to Jane), watercolour signed by Wheelhouse, foxing to mount and image (no frame), publisher's in-house pencil note to reverse noting when received and how to be reproduced; appears at page 460, also in colour.

From F H Townsend to Paul Rego, Bronte's novel has attracted a distinguished and varied group of artist illustrators. Wheelhouse's editorial choices in the passages of text to illustrate might repay further scrutiny. It is surely not without significance that a woman illustrator working in the first decade of the twentieth century chose to feature the moment before Jane makes her most heartfelt claim to freedom: 'I am no bird, and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.' Please ask for additional images.
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