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Before the Lamps are Lit
Melbourne,: George Robertson, c., 1911.. Oblong quarto, frontispiece, plates; illustrated cloth, a little shaken, hinges repaired but a very good copy. Attractive children's book of six stories with engravings by eminent illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Both Tarella (Ella) Quin and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite had attended East Melbourne Presbyterian Ladies' College, Ella was 11 years older and it was through her younger sister Hazel that the association occurred. In Anderson's Singing Roads, Hazel writes "I mentioned that there was a girl at school who was always decorating the edges of her exercise books with drawings of fairies"Her father, Edward Quin, who was at one time a member of the New South Wales Legislature, owned a dairy farm called 'The Leasowes' near Fern Tree Gully and a sheep station called 'Tarella' in far western New South Wales between Wilcannia and White Cliffs. One of eight children, 'Ella' was educated in Adelaide, but spent most of her life on stations. The summers there were exceedingly hot, and whenver possible her mother sent the girls south to 'The Leasowes' for the summer months. Ella's first writing was short sketches of station life, published under the pseudonym 'James Adare' in the Pastoral Review. At the editor's suggestion, she wrote some stories for children, which she forwarded to Ethel Turner (Mrs Curlewis) (q.v.), hoping to have them published in Sydney newspapers. However, Turner strongly recommended that they be published as books, and so her first book, Gum Tree Brownie, came to be published in 1910. Ella's younger sister, Hazel, was at school with Ida Rentoul, and it was through this association that Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (q.v.) came to illustrate Quin's children's stories. Ella married T. M. Daskein, one of the proprietors of Morden Station in far northwest NSW.Outhwaite was both original and prolific: 'the marked success of her work in capturing the imagination of a large audience was the direct impetus behind the spate of finely produced and illustrated Australian children's fantasy books of the 1920s.' (Holden, Visions of Fantasy).A most desirable showcase of this important Australian illustrator's work.Muir, 1907.
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