“The Fairy Shop”, original design for drawing in “The Building of the Fairy City,” Timlin’s unpublished book. William H. Timlin.
“The Fairy Shop”, original design for drawing in “The Building of the Fairy City,” Timlin’s unpublished book
“The Fairy Shop”, original design for drawing in “The Building of the Fairy City,” Timlin’s unpublished book

“The Fairy Shop”, original design for drawing in “The Building of the Fairy City,” Timlin’s unpublished book.

[c. 1930].

Timlin, William H. Pencil and watercolor. 1 vols. Image approx. 7-1/2 x 6 inches. Matted. Item #13859

The fantastic fairy shop, set in a dark, mysterious grove of tall trees.

William M[itcheson] Timlin was born in Northumberland, England, and studied art in Newcastle before following his parents to South Africa, where he completed his studies in art and architecture. He then practiced as an architect, designing a number of major public buildings in Kimberley; at the same time he worked as an artist, producing paintings, etchings and pastels of conventional subjects, in addition to the watercolor fantasies for which is he best known. He also wrote stories and music, and did periodical illustrations. In 1923 he published “The Ship that Sailed to Mars”, which has become a fantasy classic. His “The Building of the Fairy City” remained unfinished at his death, apart from a few elegant and imaginative watercolors, such as the one offered here.

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