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Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (1862-1951) was born in London and daughter of the Keeper of Geology at the Natural History Museum in London, and by her late teens an accomplished illustrator.

Woodward perfected her skills by drawing in museums and studying at the South Kensington School. Many of the Arts and Crafts influenced artists studied there, today better known as the Royal College of Art. She also followed courses at the Academie Julian in Paris. She started by drawing the scientific illustrations for her father’s works and lectures on Geology, but quickly graduated to doing illustrations for a number of magazines including Blackie’s Annuals, Cassell’s Magazine, The Daily Chronicle, The Illustrated London News (in 1895) and in 1896 for The Quarto.

Woodward was considered one of the first Scientific female illustrators. Due to the illustrations she made for her father, she was asked to produce maps for the British Navy during World War I.

woodward1Over 30 books were illustrated by her, many in an Arts and Crafts style, during the course of her life, nearly all children’s books like the 1913 edition of Lewis Caroll’s, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan’s Pictures (1913), Little Goody Two Shoes (1924), The Cat and the Mouse  and A. Sewell’s Black Beauty in 1931.

Woodward played an important role, at the time right before the turn of the 20th Century, in London by opening her house together with her sister as one of the founders of the 91 Club, a space where women artists could gather and discuss their work. The Natural History Museum in London holds a collection of her drawings. We are showing above two drawings by her, a Dromedary and a Bear, both signed, pasted on board and dating around the 1900’s. Each approximately 7″ x 10″ H (18cms.  x 26 cms.) both have some foxing due to their age and paper.

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