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Thatching a cottage roof, from The Little Boy and His House, 1936
Unmounted (ref: 8349)
Wax crayon, gouache
11 x 15 in. (28 x 38.2 cm)
Provenance: James Bone
The Little Boy and His House was published by; J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd in 1936, a collaborations between Stephen Bone (author) and Mary Adshead (illustrator).
The book featured fourteen colour-lithographed plates together with printed calligraphic text and other illustrations and decorations in black and white.
The story tells of a little boy who wants to build a house because he always seems to be either too hot or too cold in his own. His uncle takes him on a worldwide trip to discover how people from other cultures construct their homes. They visit cave dwellers, gypsies, Red Indians, Eskimos, boat people in China, straw hut and adobe house-dwellers in Africa, stone quarriers in Ireland and log house builders in Sweden, among others.
The setting for this composition is probably Barra in Scotland.