Ex Libris Hylda Roots – Design for an Ex Libris commission [HMO 337]
Framed (ref: 6753)
Inscribed recto with instructions to printer (Potter Press, Oxford). Pencil, pen & ink and white gouache on paper. 9 x 6½ in. (23 x 16.5 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016, cat 123. Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat 123, page 174; Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Christopher Campbell-Howes, October 2016, page 413. Dunbar’s design for an Ex Libris label - which could be stuck on to the flyleaf or inside the front cover of books to denote ownership - was a commission from one Hylda Roots. It is not known who the lady was. She was possibly a friend or acquaintance from Dunbar’s Oxford days, 1947-50.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.