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Author HOYTEMA, Theo Van. [1863-1917]
Title Eight Leaves of Lithographic Illustration from his 1911 Calendar
Stock Code 1732
Dates 1911
Published Amsterdam: Tresling & Co.
Description Eight leaves from Hoytema’s 1911 calendar, printed by Tresling & Co. of Amsterdam. Januari / Maart / April / Mei / Juli / Augustus / October / November. There is a title to the top edge, and a decorative frame, within which there is the main illustration for the month. Below is the calendar itself, with the day / date for the month. Each plate is 43cm x 21cm (narrow folio format). Each plate is produced by a colour lithographic technique, signed or monogrammed to the stone. The top edge of each has a fine serrated tooth pattern, where it has been detached from the original calendar.
Note Theo van Hoytema (1863-1917) was Dutch illustrator and book designer. He was particularly known for his nature images (more specifically birds). He grew up in The Hague, and afterwards in Voorschoten. He took drawing lessons at the Academy of Art in The Hague, and through his Uncle’s contacts, he studied at the Zoological Museum in Leiden. His first illustrations were published in 1891, “How the birds came to a King” He followed this up with “The Ugly Duckling” in 1893, and “The Happy Owls” in 1895. He married in 1891, but it was not a happy marriage, and did not last. He entered a restless period after the breakdown of his marriage, moving around, and staying for a while with his brother in London. Between 1904 and 1906 he spent time in a hospital, and a sanatorium for neurotics. On release, he lived with his sister in The Hague for the rest of his life. It was during this later period that he made the calendars which made him famous. Theo van Hoytema made 17 calendars. The final one – for the year 1918, was somewhat sketchy, as it was in preparation in the year of his death, and was not completed as a full colour lithograph. There are collections of his work in the Museum Bijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the Rijksmuseum & Stedelijk Museums in Amsterdam. There is a road and square / park named after him in The Hague, with a memorial there.
Condition Each of the sheets are clean and tidy. The serration has been neatly separated, and there are no significant marks to the illustrations. The white rear panel shows a touch of handling only. Januari only, has a touch of darkening / marking to the bottom edge. Overall an excellent collection of these lithographic sheets.
Price £105.00

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