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West Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada
V7W 3H7
Contact Bernhard Lauser
Telephone +1 604 922 2444
Fax +1 604 922 2272
Mobile +1 604 720 2000
Specialists Books; Historical Documents and Manuscripts relating to Travel, Exploration and Voyages
Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts
Stand E15

Hawaii - Jamaica - Haiti - Egypt and Morocco - Australia and New Zealand

Joscelyne May - Woman Traveller

224 Watercolours of Exquisite Foreign Scenes , 1905 - 1949

Watercolour views from around the world, 1905-1949. Two hundred and twenty-four (224) original watercolour paintings, rendering scenes from travels to Egypt, the West Indies, Australia, Europe and more, made by May Joscelyne who was connected to the family of Jasper Moon of Llanymynech. Each painting on a separate leaf of art paper, one hundred and ninety-nine of which measure approximately 25 x 17 cm, and twenty-five being slightly smaller at approximately 17 x 12 cm (or in between the two sizes). Several are captioned and dated in manuscript by the artist to verso. Lovely nostalgic views of the world in watercolour.

From the estate sale of wealthy shipper Jasper Moon (1881-1975), of White Rock House, situated in hills half a mile from the village of Llanymynech which straddles the English and Welsh border.

Jasper Moon's daughter Ursula (born 1912) married Peter Harry Joscelyne (died 1958), May Joscelyne therefore possibly being his mother or an aunt. Peter's father was Dr. F.P. Joscelyne of Cornwall, England, District Surgeon & Beaufort Estates Medical Officer.

Little is known of the female artist May Joscelyne, apart from her connection to the Moon family, and that she died in 2012 at the notable age of 104. In the same year, the White Rock House and estate at Llanymynech was sold, including the present archive of her watercolours. May's art work reveals that she enjoyed the privileged available to the upper class, such as extensive around the world.

The highlight of the lot are the paintings made in Egypt and the Sudan in 1923. At least 17 photographs are identified as being from Egypt; there may be more. These includes paintings of the Pyramids and Sphynx of Giza, White Nile scenes, views of Assouan (Aswan), the city of Cairo and its striking mosque minarets, a view of Luxor from the Nile with a felucca in the foreground, and the Red Sea. One image of three small pyramid tombs is captioned "Kassala Desert" which is in the Sudan, possibly depicting the Pyramids at Jebel Barkal in the Sudan.

Travelling to the extremities of the African continent, in Morocco she paints the Koutoubia Mosque minaret tower of Marrakesh, in South Africa, Table Mountain, the vast plains and Iron Mountain [Yzerberg] in the Zoutspanberg district of Transavaal, White River, and Hermanus Island off of Cape Town.

Seven or more paintings capture Hawaii's splendour back in 1937. Tranquil views include Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach, Cooper Island of the Palmyra Atoll, and Honolulu Harbour.

Spectacular beaches of the West Indies are well represented as she memorializes her voyage to Montego Bay in Jamaica, to Haiti, and in Martinique 1935. A rocky coastal view is captioned 'Old Panama.' Vivid colours and tropical flora are accentuated in the exquisite gardens of the Matava Hotel in Fiji, visiting there in 1949.

A voyage to Australia and New Zealand was made in 1939, as seen by the artistic views of the coastline between Brisbane and Sydney, and New Zealand's spectacular lakes Lake Rotorua, Wakatipu, and Wanaka (also known as Lake Pembroke). Not far away, May also visited Kuta Beach in Bali, which is depicted in at least two of her works.

The farthest voyage made was to America. A soft-hued sunset painting is captioned 'Saint Lawrence River, Quebec.'

Continental sojourns took the artist to Ronda and Malaga in Spain, along the coast of Portugal affording an island view off of Cascais, to Sorrento in Italy, to France where she paints the enchanting river valley scenes of Castéra-Bouzet in 1913 as well as the Palais des Papes in Avignon and views of Dieppe, and finally up to the famous North Sea coast of Noordwijk aan Zee in The Netherlands. (The earliest views in the lot are from Europe.)

With posh retreats, English gardens and more beaches to explore at home in the UK, we find views of some of the Lochs of Scotland, Kilconquhar Castle in Fife, Wales Dolgelly, Harlech, Newquay, Pembroke, Windermere Lake in Cumbria, Ullswater, and Holywell.

Perhaps the most charming European scene is that of a beach lined with carts known as a bathing machines. [Around the 1750s the four-wheeled carts came into use, normally rolled out to sea by a horse. Swimwear hadn't yet been invented yet and privacy was of utmost importance, for women most certainly. Equipped with a door on each side, and a roof-top flag to notify the driver that bathing was complete, the bathing machines remained in active use on English beaches until the 1890s, when they began to be parked on the beach and used as stationary changing rooms. When legal segregation of bathing areas in Britain ended in 1901 and swimwear became acceptable, the carts became stationery beach changing rooms. Most of them had disappeared altogether in the United Kingdom by 1914, and by the 1920s, they were almost entirely extinct, except for those used by the elderly.]


Condition
Occasional tears to margins, otherwise in very good condition
£1,200