Hermia and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1870). John Simmons (British, 1823-1876). Watercolor heightened with gouache on paper laid down on canvas.

Shakespeare’s forbidden lovers Lysander and Hermia travel through the enchanted wood to find safe haven. They find themselves lost and decide to sleep, oblivious to the surrounding multitude of fairies and woodland creatures. Lysander holds Hermia’s ringed finger while touching the loamy moss of the forest floor explaining “One turf shall serve as pillow for us both;/One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.”

Black Idol or Defiance.1900-02.
Watercolor, gouache and white heightening on laid paper.
56 x 47 cm. (22.04 x 18.50 in.)
Private collection.

Art by Frantisek Kupka .(1871-1957).


By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached this lands but newly,
From an ultimate dim Thule -
From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE - out of TIME…

Edgar Alan Poe

Société des Aquarellistes Français (1898). Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (French, 1850-1913). Poster. Watercolor, ink wash, gold and gouache highlights on paper laid down on cardboard.

The Société des Aquarellistes Français was established in 1879 in the Galerie Durand-Ruel, rue Laffitte, Paris. Gustave Doré, Eugène Lami, Ferdinand Heilbuth and Jehan Georges Vibert are among the most famous members. In 1890, the association expanded to include new members: James Tissot, Lhermitte, Harpignies, Bonnat, Meissonier and Maurice Boutet de Monvel.

A Dancing Woman in a Pink Robe, Seen from the Back (1888-1890). James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903). Charcoal and gouache on brown paper, laid down on card. Hunterian Art Gallery. 

Believed that this watercolour showed Eva Carrington, a popular model of Whistler’s, who later modelled for his “dancing girls” studies. The drawing is unfinished.