Sunday, 31 October 2010

Joe Spier illustrations 1930's

At a flea market the other week I found a book of illustrations by Joe Spier dated 1933 and  titled Teekeningen. I had never seen his work before and was very impressed with the illustrations even though they are not in the best of condition.
Joe Spiel Illustration De Brug Der Zuchten Amsterdam
There is a lot of  'foxing' around the illustrations but they are printed on good quality paper. If they were trimmed I think they would still look great framed.
Joe Spiel Illustration 1931 MANOEUVRES
 The detail is amazing and so I took a look around to find out more about the artist. He was a very popular Dutch artist who was arrested for during a parody of Hitler and managed to survive.
Joe Spiel Illustration Leidseplein
 I have tried to find out more about him but could not find a lot online but did find an interesting article about line drawing here.
Joe Spiel Illustration Blinde
There are 70 illustrations and I will put the rest up on my website as soon as possible.
Joe Spiel Illustration Bloembollen

Thursday, 21 October 2010

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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Childrens Book Illustrations Old Prints.

Below are a selection of some beautiful illustrations removed from vintage children's books,

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


I discovered a couple of Apollo journals the other day and forgot what great prints and pieces of ephemera were hiding amongst the pages. This Apollo date 1928 and contains a couple of very nice old prints.
The one above is from an advertisement and is one of my favourites, its a specimen colour plate and the title is "Portrait of a Lady" and was painted by Roger Van Der Weyden.
On the reverse is a print of "Pinkie" (Miss Mary Moulton Barrett) that was painted by Sir Thomas Laurence P.R.A. The print was offered to "annual" subscribers of the Apollo and if you signed up for two years you got the other print also, Mrs Davenport by Geo Romney R.A.
On the reverse of this is an interesting old advertisement and is a vintage map showing "rugs of the orient".
The next print is "The Guitar Player" by Vermeer and is attached to a good quality piece of black paper, sadly this is showing some signs of age.
Below are just some of the other nice old prints and ephemera:

Monday, 4 October 2010


The following advertisments have been cut from various magazines that date from the 1950's until the 1990's. Each advert has been scanned and due to the size of the full page ads, there may be some 'clipping' of the image. All of the adverts below are complete and measure around 9" 1/4 inches (23.5cm) X 11" 3/4 inches (29.5cm) and as much of the image will be retained. You can view more ephemera,ads and all sorts of interesting things on my website.
002 moss bros ad full page advert
003 moss bros of covent garden advert
001 pringle advert
004 bally advert
005 Jaeger advert.
006 bally advertisement
007 lentheric perfume advert
007 lentheric perfume advert
008 yardley perfume advert
008 elizabeth arden advert
010 elizabeth arden advert