Mermaid and Zephyr

Harold Gaze
(1885-1962) New Zealand
Title Mermaid and Zephyr
Category 20th Century
Medium & Size Pen ink and watercolour with bodycolour: 12 ¾ x8 ¾ in. Signed & dated 1920
Price Band £2,000 - £5,000
Location Barn Gallery

Harold Gaze was one of the most original writers and illustrators of children’s fantasy fiction. He was born in New Zealand and studied art in London during the First World War. After the war he moved to Melbourne in Australia, where he wrote and illustrated nine children’s fantasies.

Gaze returned to London in the early 20’s and continued to create illustrated books.

Gaze moved to Pasadena in California in 1927 and staged several successful solo exhibitions of fantasy watercolours in Los Angeles.

His imaginative, enchanted works, which are filled withfaries, mermaids, nymphs and elfish creatures, have left an important legacy in the world of children’s illustration.

Provenance: Private collection, a gift by the artist to a family friend.

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