Elyse Lord was a celebrated British watercolourist specialising in exotic figures and flowers, as well as a book illustrator & fine printmaker.
She was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) in 1922 and was also a member of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour.
Her subjects often feature Eastern figures which she sensitively depicts in washes of delicate colour enlivened by touches of brighter colours. Her art was inspired by both Chinese art & Oriental culture - although she never actually travelled to China, she used Chinese paintings, embroideries and wall hangings as sources for her images.
The highly individual style which Elyse Lord created reflects her Eastern source material - as well as the influence of Art Deco and early 1920s fashion on her work.
This is a rare original watercolour (with pencil underdrawing) by Elyse Ashe Lord.
Lord actively exhibited from 1915 through to 1939 in London with the Lefevre Gallery. Her art was also shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, the RI, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Walker Art Gallery of Liverpool, and the Fine Art Society, as well as at the Paris Salon, where she received a silver medal for colour prints.
Her work also featured in Masters of the Colour Print, Volume 1, 1927, with an introduction by Malcolm C. Salaman.
Lord’s watercolour drawings are often harder to source than her coloured woodcut prints.
This is a very sensitive drawing showing a pretty Asian lady wearing a beautifully embroidered pink sari, and holding a tiny little white bird in her hand. She stands on the bank of a river - and you can see a little rowing boat behind her.
The care that Lord has taken on capturing the pattern on the shimmering material shows her interest in fashion and textiles. The lady is shown in isolation with a silhouette of Eastern temples in the distance.
The drawing is in very good condition and probably dates from the 1920s. It comes in a plain gold coloured frame
It is signed in watercolour : E. Lord below the lady's feet.
Image size: 36 x 30 cm. Frame size: 59 x 53 cm.
It might be an original design or watercolour study for one of her etchings.
It is framed (there is sadly little knock to the top of the frame, but only noticeable on close up inspection).
Please note: The price quoted here is from the artwork only.
The frame comes free with this artwork. Any damage in transit to the frame / mount / picture glass will not be subject to any refunds, discounts or re-framing costs from us.
This painting could be posted internationally if taken out of its frame - please inquire about this.