C1909

Ex Libris. Alex Turnbull. Fortuna. Favet. Avdaci.

Artist:

David Henry Souter (1862 - 1935)

Rare art Nouveau designed bookplate by David Henry Souter for Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull. Within the design are the words; Fortuna. Favet. Avdaci. Fortune Favours the Bold. Turnbull was a New Zealand merchant, book collector and keen yachtsman. On his death in 1918, he left … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ex Libris. Alex Turnbull. Fortuna. Favet. Avdaci.

Date:

C1909

Artist:

David Henry Souter (1862 - 1935)

Condition:

Minor surface loss and some spotting, laid on thick card.

Technique:

Wood engraving

Image Size: 

87mm 
x 113mm

Paper Size: 

90mm 
x 140mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ex Libris. Alex Turnbull. Fortuna. Favet. Avdaci. - Antique Print from 1909

Genuine antique
dated:

1909

Description:

Rare art Nouveau designed bookplate by David Henry Souter for Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull. Within the design are the words; Fortuna. Favet. Avdaci. Fortune Favours the Bold.

Turnbull was a New Zealand merchant, book collector and keen yachtsman. On his death in 1918, he left to the Government of New Zealand his private library consisting of 55,000 volumes as well as manuscripts, photographs, paintings and sketches. 

Provenance: From the personal collection of the Sydney artist, Ella Dwyer who was a foundation member of the Australian Bookplate Club in 1932.

Collections: 
National Library of New Zealand: Ref: A-136-004

Biography:

David Henry Souter (1862-1935)


Souter was a cartoonist, painter and art editor. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he trained as a painter and decorator and then as an artist. After working as a newspaper illustrator in Scotland and South Africa he arrived in Melbourne in 1885, moving permanently to Sydney in 1897. Soon after, he founded the Brush Club, and was associated in the ensuing years with the first Council of the Society of Artists. His first cartoon for the Bulletin appeared in February 1895; the sinuous black and white cat that was to become his hallmark first appeared in a cartoon in July of that year. Over the next forty years he produced cartoons in style that might loosely be described as art nouveau, typically depicting prosperous urban couples bantering about sex and money, with the cat a slinking spy on the scene. 

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