Cadell, F.C.B. (Illus.) ~ Jack and Tommy : Twenty Drawings
Grant Richards, London : 1916
The sole UK printing published by Grant Richards, London in 1916. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition with just a little rubbing to the corners and edges. Mild pushing at the spine ends with light offsetting to the blank end-papers. Slight age related markings to the original decorated buckram boards and a very mild crease to the upper corner of some pages. Just a hint of toning to the extreme page edges. The 20 tipped-in colour plates are all present and are in near Fine condition. The book has been inscribed and signed by the theatrical agent John Cadell (the artist's nephew) to the upper front blank end-paper. The book is protected in a removable Mylar archival cover. 'The title ‘Jack and Tommy’ refers to their military roles – Jack meaning a sailor and Tommy a private in the army. The strong lines, vibrant primary colours and curious viewpoint create a bold composition. Cadell joined the Royal Scots in 1915 and produced a series of drawings of army life before leaving for service in France. Twenty of these drawings were published in 1916 in the book, also titled ‘Jack and Tommy’, which was sold to benefit the Red Cross'.......F.C.B. Cadell studied in Paris and lived in Munich before settling in his native Edinburgh around 1909. Cadell's pre-war work is influenced by the Impressionists. From around 1920, his work became brighter and bolder. Shadows were suppressed to such an extent that the paintings of this period are comprised of areas of flat colour. Cadell made regular trips to France and Iona with fellow Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe. Both artists were influenced by the effects of strong sunlight, which led them to use areas of bright colour in their paintings (National Galleries Scotland). A very striking portrayal by one of the great Scottish Colourists and very scarce with only two copies having appeared at auction in the last 30 years.
CONDITION: Very Good++