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A Collection of Seventeen Original Illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo.
[c.1908-1910] - 17 signed original black & white illustrations in oils, gouache, & crayon, all on heavy artist?s board of varying sizes with printers? annotations on versos; 2 illustrations with sl. damage to board, a few sl. faded, but well preserved overall. A wonderful collection of dramatic and atmospheric black and white illustrations to early 20th century sensation and detective novels including six (likely seven) illustrations to Baroness Orczy?s pioneering and immensely popular tales of Lady Molly of Scotland Yard (published in Cassell?s Magazine in 1909) featuring one of the earliest female detectives. All are marked up on the verso with printers directions and annotations. Born in San Francisco to an Italian family, Cyrus Cincinnati Cuneo, 1879-1916, was determined from an early age to be an artist. He travelled to Paris to study at Whistler?s academy and from there moved to London where he soon found work. His reputation as an illustrator flourished and he worked regularly for The Illustrated London News contributing drawings of Canada (including a commission for the Canadian Pacific Railway), celebrity portraits and scenes from the London underworld. By the age of 30 he was chosen by the ILN to depict the ?epoch-making events? of the early twentieth century: King Edward VII's funeral and the Coronation of George V. He joined and became chairman of the prestigious Langham Sketching Club of which Rackham and Munnings were members and preceded by the likes of Tenniel and Keene. A prolific illustrator of popular novels, Cuneo?s burgeoning career was tragically cut short at the age of 36 when he died of blood poisoning, contracted by an accidental pin prick at a dance. His son, Terence Cuneo, 1907-96, was an English painter known for his railway and military scenes; following in his father?s footsteps he was the official artist at Queen Elizabeth II?s Coronation. (Peppin & Micklethwait, Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: The Twentieth Century.) 1. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. Sl. faded. A man stands at the head of a table, addressing a room full to bursting with an enraptured audience of over 20 men. 21 x 29cm. Best known as the creator of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy first published Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine in 1909 with the first book edition, also illustrated by Cuneo, appearing in 1910. Running quickly to three editions, Lady Molly was one of the first fictional female detectives and a precursor of the lay sleuth who relies on brains rather than brawn. 2. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. A man lies in bed as he attended to by a nurse. A lady and older gentleman stand beside the bed looking on. 22 x 31cm. 3. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. ?Her Serene Highness the Countess of Hohenberg? ?Omit? is written in pencil at the lower margin. Lady Molly walks into a room with her arm outstretched prepared to meet someone, presumably the Countess of Hohenberg. A maid stands behind her in the doorway. 4. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. ?Oh but now I think of it can you drive a motor car?? Lady Molly sits at a table addressing a handsome gentleman who leans on the table towards her. 25.5 x 32cm. 5. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. In a large pantry, two ladies stand, engaged in what appears to be an intense conversation. A third lady, looking alarmed, sits at a table in the background. 21.5 x 30cm. 6. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Baroness.) Illustration for Lady Molly of Scotland Yard in Cassell?s Magazine. ?Ask Philip Baddock if my threats are paltry?? A startled looking gentleman is given the cold shoulder by Lady Molly. 17.5 x 25cm. 7. (ORCZY, Emmuska Orczy Barones [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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