|Elizabeth Fearne Bonsall (1861-1956)|
Three Cats at the Bowl.
Pencil and watercolour
Signed lower right.
4 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches.
Original watercolour for The Book of the Cat published in New York in 1903.
This is the original watercolour for one of the plates in The Book of Cats which was illustrated by Elizabeth Fearne Bonsall with stories and verses written for the pictures by Mabel Humphrey. It was published in New York by Frederick A. stokes Company in October 1903.
Elizabeth Fearne Bonsall (1861-1956):
Elizabeth Fearne Bonsall was a well-known American painter and illustrator born in Fernwood, Pennsylvania in 1861. She specialised in painting animals, particularly cats and dogs. She illustrated The Book of Cats (1903), The Book of Dogs, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1927), and many other publications. Bonsall also created illustrations for magazines and won several awards between 1885 and 1897. She was a student of Howard Pyle and Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, attaining a scholarship in 1894. In Paris, she studied at Academie Colarossi and under Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois and Raphael Collin. She was a member of The Plastic Club in the United States and exhibited at their 1920 exhibition. Papers about her career are held at the Smithsonian Libraries. Collections: American public collections hold her work including the Chester County Historical Society, Pennsylvania; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.