War Sketches in Colour

Painted and Described by Captain S. E. St. Leger

ST. LEGER, Captain

ST. LEGER, Captain War Sketches in Colour Painted and Described by Captain S. E. St. Leger

A & C Black, 1903.

First edition, Edition de Luxe. One of 250 copies, signed by the author. White buckram, with gilt lettering. Top edge gilt. Sixty six plates under captioned tissue guards, fifty in colour, sixteen monochrome. A good copy, a little dusty and spotted. Previous owner's name on the front free endpaper.

War Sketches is the outcome of notebooks and sketch books kept by St Leger, an officer serving with the Mounted Infantry during the Boer War. It is an "attempt to depict a few of the more interesting and some of the lesser known episodes in the advance to Pretoria" [Preface], and includes an account of the Relief of the Siege of Kimberley. St Leger made rough pencil sketches when opportunity offered and later would work them up into pen or pencil drawings or into water colours. The favourable reviews the book received in several British periodicals encouraged St. Leger to mount an exhibition of his work. This took place at the Bruton Galleries in Mayfair in May and June 1904 and consisted of fifty water colours with fifteen large and a great many smaller pen and ink drawings.
One of only 2,150 copies, originally published at 20/-

Inman 86.

Stock ID: 41971

£175.00

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