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 fabulous 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 very reminiscent of similar studies of birds by Crawhall - such as his famous White Drake. This is a particularly sensitive study by Alexander of a white dove seated on the ground. He has perfectly caught the delicacy of the bird and the texture of all his features - he has caught the nervous expression of the dove who looks out of the composition towards the viewer.
Alexander often produced his best work in watercolour, often the support was a toned sugar paper, linen or cardboard.
An especially fine, smaller-sized work by Edwin Alexander.
It is sold with a new fresh window mount and simple oak wood frame - all ready to hang on your wall.
It is in excellent condition with no issues - and bears a pencil inscription bottom left: ALEXANDER.
Dimensions: Frame size is 34.5 x 44 cm. The image size is 21 x 27 cm
A fair price for this highly collectable work - a slightly smaller, but similar, watercolour by Alexander of a Collar Dove on buff paper - sold for £1000 at Lyon and Turnbull's Scottish Pictures Sale on 4th June 2015.