N.p. [Norfolk, UK]: 1885. North, Hilda F. Hardcover (original boards and leather spine, with ribbon). p, each with a lively watercolor on the recto. Signed on endpaper: "Hilda F. North, Rougham Hall Norfolk, Jan. 1885. Aged 16 1/2." Her married initials, H.Z., are also there. Within a modern enclosure. Ca. 5 1/2 x 3 inches. Good (stitching loose). Item #30598
In this unknown early album by teenage Frances Hilda North (1869-1946), we see the dawning of her artistic talent. In 1889 she married Pandia John Zigomala, and for almost 30 years thereafter she kept a total of 15 illustrated journals (now in the Norfolk Record Office). They chronicle the couple's travels in India and England, socializing, and activities of their son until his death in 1919. In our album Frances captured fox hunting incidents and the antics of family pets and local wildlife. The style of the hunting scenes is somewhat derivative of contemporary illustration, but they show actual events. A charming eyewitness look at Victorian sport and country life through the eyes of an amused observer. Rougham Hall, seat of the North family, is now a Grade II British Listed Building.