John Simmons (1823-1876). c.1860s. Watercolour with bodycolour, 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. Provenance: with JS Maas and Co. Click on image to enlarge it.
“This erotically charged fairy in a pose plastique is an incarnation of Eosphorus, Venus at dawn. She is wreathed in a gauze of transparent fabric, like the mists that veil the world in the morning, and bears a wand of starlight. Over the sea rises the dawning sun, casting a pale light on her golden tresses. She is resting weightless on a dew-dropped Morning Glory leaf (also know as Convolvulus or Bindweed, the seeds are considered hallucinogenic).” — Rupert Maas
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Created 10 February 2015