Spencerian drawing of a fish
made with pen and ink on laid paper. These drawings are named
for Platt Rogers Spencer, the man who championed a form of handwriting
featuring grand flourishes. As the style evolved, the flourishes
sometimes were employed to form scrolls, flowers, leaves, birds
and animals among other things, and the finished images were
often framed to display on the wall. Rarely were they signed.
The outer dimensions of this frame are 8 ¼" H x 10
¼" W; sight - 5 ½" H x 7 ½"
W. Fish are a rare subject of Spencerian drawings. As shown in
the photos, there is a light colored line under the fish which
doesn't affect the drawing. We suspect this may have occurred
as a result of paper shrinkage. Circa 3rd - 4th quarter of 19th