Jessie M. King

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Jessie M. King
Percival and the Damsel
Pen and black ink over graphite on parchment.
sheet: 9 x 5 13/16 inches (22.9 x 14.7 cm); image: 7 1/16 x 4 1/14 inches (17.9 x 10.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch.

King was a successful artist and designer associated with the Glasgow Style (ca. 1895-1920), an Art Nouveau variant that developed in Scotland and spread across Europe. Unusual for the time, women studied side-by-side with men at the Glasgow School of Art, an incubator of the Glasgow Style. A group of these women, King included, is referred to as the Glasgow Girls. Over the course of her long career, King created jewelry, ceramics, interiors, textiles, book designs, illustrations, and "fantasy" drawings in pen, ink, and watercolor. She stressed the role of her "inner eye" in developing her subject matter. This drawing was made to illustrate a 1903 edition of "The High History of the Holy Graal," a chivalric legend originating in the thirteenth century. Published by J.M. Dent and Company, it was King's first major commission as an illustrator.

Sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., Glasgow, June 21, 1977, no. 176; Justin Schiller, Ltd., New York; Frederick R. Koch, New York.
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