Charles Conder, A Dream in Absinthe. 1890. Pen and ink with watercolour on paper, 24 cm. x 25.3 cm.
Conder frequently drew “postcards” illustrating his nocturnal adventures in the Latin quarter in an imaginative composite. A Dream in Absinthe (1890) is one such pictorial diary; a fantasia in comic strip form in which he parades the imagery of his new metropolitan life in the City of Light, 13,000 miles from the tall eucalypts, the lavender blue hills and the golden beaches of Australia. His early gift for linear improvisation is evident here, and among the alcoholic demons and opium poppies he has interspersed glimpses of the Moulin Rouge, La Gouloue and Lautrec himself.
Hans Cranach’s Travel Sketchbook. 1536-37. Bound in semi-rigid board; paper, with bodycolour for the family coat of arms and his initials. Assumed to have been created by his father, Lucas Cranach the Elder. 203 x 160 mm.