This discovery happened when we went to a little Antiques market a couple of weekends ago, in Castle Square in Lincoln. We looked round the stalls and saw lots of things we would like, in an ideal world, of course, but then, on one stall, I noticed this ink drawing in a box, on top of a lot of other papers.
Having had a really good look through the work once we got home, we found that the illustration course was with The Practical Correspondence College, based in The Strand in London, and that Margaret Porter's tutor was Charles E Dawson, a well-known designer and illustrator of the time. The V & A appear to have several of his designs for Jaeger in their collection, but sadly, no images are available. In the box, however, there are examples of his work as part of the course and a design for Jaeger, which I'll post at a later date.
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Toulouse-Lautrec image, with the stippling effect for the hair and in the border. Gladys Cooper (1888-1971) was an actress, initially in the Theatre, but today is probably best known as Mrs Higgins in 'My Fair Lady'. Later in her career, she was excellent at playing manipulative unpleasant older women, such as Bette Davis' mother in 'Now Voyager'.
We also had a look at the 1901 and 1911 censuses online, to see if we could find out any more about Miss Porter. We found out that she was born in 1892-1893, (depending which information we looked at), her father, Frederick, was a farmer and her mother, Kate and older sister, also Kate, lived at Main Street, Sibsey, Boston. The letters show that she moved into Boston itself at some point and there is one addressed to Woodhall Spa, but whether she lived there, or was just visiting, isn't clear. We think that she died in 1978, in Lincolnshire, but other than that, we don't know any more details about her life. I would like to think that she perhaps worked in commercial art in some way. I'll post more of her work in my next post...