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Jackson, Albert Edward - portrait of a lady


This miniature portrait is signed Albert Edward Jackson 1910, probably for Albert Edward Jackson (1873-1952), although he is unrecorded as a miniature painter by Blattel. The sitter is unknown. 580

Later - some information has emerged about him;

The work of the English artist ALBERT EDWARD JACKSON, (1873-1952) was featured in the December 1903 issue of Connecticut Magazine, which included several of his miniatures of Hartford residents and described him as "one of the most distinguished of modern miniaturists." The London-born Jackson is also known for his illustrations for children's books.

A E (Albert Edward) Jackson had 5 children, with Peter Montague Jackson being the 5th child! He was living in Hastings, East Sussex at the time of his death and is buried in Hastings Cemetery.

Albert Edward Jackson (1873-1952). Studied at Camden Art College, London. Main illustrative works were for Alice in Wonderland, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Stories from Shakespear and Water Babies (probably the finest artistically), which typically contain up to 48 colour illustrations. Prolific illustrator in many other publications with either a single colour illustration or small black and white line drawings between chapters. Most of the first editions of the large illustrative works were dated between 1910 and 1920 and contain the finest print quality. Subsequent editions significantly lose definition. He also painted fine art as Albert Jackson.

Jackson worked as a commercial illustrator from 1893 to 1947 using black and white and full colour for his numerous contibutions to children's books and annuals. Alan Horne describes his work as "neither distinguished or distinguishable from other illustrators", which at first seems a bit harsh. However, his work on the Arabian Nights is far too pretty and sentimental. Nevertheless, it must also be pointed out that the text for this edition, which is unacknowledged, has been stripped of all its original toughness and gritty humour. In this instance, therefore, text and illustrations make compatible partners and a pretty book.

One version illustrated by him was Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels ... adapted for the young ... illustrated by A.E. Jackson, London: Ernest Nister; New York: E.P. Dutton, [ca. 1910] Other examples of his book illustrations can be seen at Albert Edward Jackson - Look and Learn picture library
 

1 comment:

Peter George said...

Don,

Do you have any further information on A E Jackson and his earlier works.

I am tracing our family tree and am a Great Great Grand-Son but through one of four children that you don't mention?