Clara Augusta Holmes' Christmas Scrap-Book

VICTORIAN SCRAP-BOOK  ([1886 or later])


Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

"From R. S. W." Title-page featuring a laden Father Christmas, white dove, and lettering ("Clara Augusta Holmes Christmas"), 73pp 4to. n.p. n.d. 

Artistically and creatively crafted Victorian scrapbook with particular emphasis on whimsical figures and Christmas sentiments. Likely put together by an adult (R. S. W.) and given to a child (Clara Augusta Holmes) as a Christmas gift, exact date unknown, but certainly late 19th century. The recipient, Clara Augusta Holmes, is likely the child of the same name who was born to Posonby Ross Holmes and Clara Burnell Nixey on 24 January 1886, the second child of four that were born to the pair.

Scraps include illustrations by well known artists, including Arthur Hughes ("Peace & Goodwill") and Jane Maria Bowkett. Christmas scenes alternate with those featuring children playing, gambolling animals, and magical creatures causing mischief. Pieces by unknown artists include those inspired by Kate Greenaway, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Ornaments include trade cards, die-cut scraps and Christmas cards.

Foxing to most pages, largely not impacting on the overall design. The binding has been reinforced under our direction. All scraps appear to be intact.

Stock Code: 233401

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