Scrapbook containing three original HCA cut paper designs, landscape drawings, etchings, etc.

Manuscript, Book
England: between 1855 and 1890?.
[192] colored paper leaves pasted in ill. (part col., part drawings) 27 cm.


  • The majority of the leaves are blank.
  • The three Andersen papercut designs are individually mounted to leaves near the end of the scrapbook. On the recto of one leaf is (1) proscenium arch of a theatre with the masks of Comedy and Tragedy, inscribed in an unknown hand "Cut out by Hans Anderson [sic] 1855 given to Helen" and (2) two ballet dancers on a stage balancing on swans surrounded by trees in which two storks are resting in their nests (110 x 180 mm); and (3) a man in the shape of a windmill, with four arms, one holding a stick, a ladder leading up to his body where there are double opening doors (135 x 120 mm). The silhouette of the Windmill Man precedes the first appearance of the fairy tale about him ("Viermollen", Copenhagen 1865).
  • The contents also include a large leaf with painting in green of a scene with pigs resting underneath the trees and a man is blowing a long horn; paper cuts of two doves holding a garland, of a cow and a man carrying water buckets on a shoulder yoke, and a shepherd with a crock standing under a tree with two birds sitting in it, a dog, a ewe, several lambs and a house in the distance (the last two on pink paper) which were removed by Linda Hannas from a 1784 edition of Swift; a newspaper clipping; an ink sketch of Killswater [?] 11th 1851 signed Letitia [?]church on the verso; a color drawing of Claremont Church; four watercolors (2 of children in profile); a drawing of Carlton Curlieu Hall, Leicester execute within an embossed paper frame; two embossed paper doilies (one a profile of Hans Christian Andersen?); 2 etchings of Combe Royal, Kingsbridge (with two loose photographs) and seven others identified as "by her father" etc.
  • Pencilled note on the recto of the rear free endpaper reads: Bought from the auction of the contents of Inlismaldie Castle, Laurencekirk, South Kindardineshire, Scotland. The estate of Major and Mrs. Adrian Keith-Falconer. 8-10 June 1959. Auctioned by Thomas Love & Son Perth.
  • The paper is watermarked J. Whatman 1852 and 1829.
  • Description by T. and L. Hannas, antiquarian booksellers, and a note on the stationery of Torgrim Hannas laid in.
Binding note
19th century brown morocco, embossed and extra gilt, all edges gilt with "Album Choisi" on front board, and pale blue moire endpapers.
Keith-Falconer, Major Adrian
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