n.d. Grace Hoy, May Hoy, A Kelf, Thompson, E Youll. Leather bound. Autograph album with read marbled endpapers and pages in cream, pink and blue. Unpaginated and with many blank leaves but several poems, illustrations and inscriptions throughout. The leather cover is very worn at the edges and joints, head and foot of the spine are chipped and abraded. Interior is very good although one page appears to have been excised. A little shaken. Gift inscription reads "Presented to Lillie A birthday gift, from her loving Mother Ann Atkinson October 24th 1909."
Comes with several pieces of ephemera: envleopes, notes, dried petals, a Companion Book Club pamphlet and an Evening Bells booklet of daily meditations (thirty-one meditations in all). Good. Item #544
The dates in the album rage from 1909 when it was gifted until as late as 1917. Some are anonymous but several entries are signed, those from 1910 and 1911 often have 'Chatswood' after the name. The Atkinson's lived in Linfield just north of Chatswood. Ultimo is appended to one entry and Dulwich Hill to another. There are the usual cheeky poems and puns, a few tender sentiments, some lovely and amusing illustrations, a flora decoration, and some rather accomplished drawings in pencil, pen and paint. Two of these are signed D.A. Kelf and one is signed Thomson, possibly the Andrew Thompson who signed another page.
Perhaps most interesting are the affectionate and playful autographs of E.J.,Maud, May and Grace Hoy. Grace Hoy (? - 1952) was a painter and printer who lived with her mother E.J. Hoy in Newtown through most of her artistic career. It seems that not a great deal is known about her but David Angelero writes that she was a student at Sydney Technical College (Ultimo) c. 1907. Given the handful of artistic entries and the preponderance of 1910-11 autographs in the book, it is tempring to consider Lillie Atkinson might have had friends somehow connected through the College.
The autograph entry by May Hoy is a cartoon of a duck swallowing a green frog with the caption " A Sign of Springtide.If you can swallow that you can swallow anything. May Hoy" Later (1920s) Grace was to paint The Frog's Rendezvous in an impressionistic style and Angelero notes that two frogs meeting on a flowerpot was an uncommon subject for a painting in its day. It seems this painting was never exhibited. Grace Hoy had three portraits hung in the Archibald Portrait Prize in 1922 and 1926 and two mural designs in the Sulman Prize in 1938 and 1940.
The autograph entry by Grace Hoy is the poem, The Kookaburra by E.S. Emerson that first appeared in vol. 4 no. 21 January 1909 of The Lone Hand. She has illustrated it in pen with five Kookaburra's laughing in a tree (and two more in happy flight).
E.J. Hoy has copied Ella Wheeler Wilcox's poem 'Answered Praye'r and Maude Hoy has copied a poem by Charlotte Hay.