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  Joseph Pennell   (1857-1926)

 
  CHARING CROSS STATION, ca. 1887. Signed "Jo Pennell," l.r. This was commissioned to illustrate Henry James' article on London in The Century, Dec. 1888, where it was reproduced by wood engraving on p. 221. Pennell did all the illustrations for the 20-page article, but this one, the best of the lot, was given a full page. Pennell also included it on p. 263 of his Adventures of an Illustrator, 1925, where he captioned it: "Charing Cross Station--Wash Drawing for James' Article on London--In the Century 1888--Wood Engraving Unsigned--Drawn in the Old Station." A sign in the station reads "To the Continental Mainline/North Kent Loop Line Train." This is richly drawn in brown, black and gray watercolor. It shows an animated scene of passengers, guards, and five tracks with trains, all beneath the soaring ceiling of the open-air station, with the city faintly seen in the distance. It captures all the drama of an old European train station. Mounted on illustration board; otherwise in good condition.
 
 
  Watercolor: sheet, 22 3/4 x 16 3/8 inches; image, 20 5/16 x 13 7/8 inches. SOLD.
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