Edwin John Alexander (1870–1926) was a Scottish artist best known for his fabulous watercolour pictures of animals and birds.
His father was the celebrated painter, Robert Alexander - whose painting "Happy Mother" a large oil is a favourite work with visitors to the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
In the late 1880s, he accompanied his father and Joseph Crawhall on a trip to Tangiers. He returned to North Africa in the 1890s the lived for 4 years on a houseboat on the River Nile.
Edwin Alexander returned to Scotland and lived until his death in Musselburgh - where he kept a menagerie of birds and animals which inspired his artworks.
He excelled at painting birds - and his master study in watercolour of a peacock is in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland. Another peacock study by him is the collection of the Tate Gallery in London.
This work is a quick little watercolour sketch by him of three little doves. I also have a more finished study of a white dove by him in my store.
Again - this sheet of studies is very reminiscent of similar ones by Crawhall.
This sheet of studies was probably made for the artist's own enjoyment and observation of birds in his garden at Musselburgh. In these, he is looking at the forms of a roosting white dove - who has its eyes closed, is puffed up and rests on one leg. He has made separate sketches of its head to the top of the sheet.
The sketch was actually exhibited at the Fine Art Society in New Bond Street London in July 1959 - it was No. 84 in the show. There is a label on the back with all these details.
Alexander often produced his best work in watercolour, often the support was a toned sugar paper, linen or cardboard. The paper this study is painted on is quite rough in texture with buff flecks through it.
An especially fine, smaller-sized work by Edwin Alexander. It is sold as originally framed back in the 1950s. It is in good condition.
Dimensions: Frame size is 27 x 29.5 cm. The image size is 10.5 x 14.5 cm
It will cost £10 to send to you with Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery in the UK.