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Ella Kidman album - Autograph Album Page

Page from the Ella Kidman Album.
Scrapbook title:
Ella Kidman Album
Kidman, Ella
Dates of creation:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some colour) ; 20 x 16 x 2 cm
Full scrapbook description:
This friendship autograph album was owned by Ella Kidman (1880-?), and was created in England. The contents of the album include ink and pencil drawings by Kidman, often depicting flowers or plants. These drawings also often feature deliberately blank spaces and compartments for the addition of signatures and inscriptions. Artwork, inscriptions, and autographs from Kidman’s friends and family are collected in the album. The album features many inkblot signatures. Notably, Ella Kidman’s autograph album matches the one owned by her older sister, Lilian. The sisters’ respective albums have many similarities, suggesting that they may have worked collaboratively on their custom designs. Additionally, Ella and Lilian Kidman had mutual friends, and their albums contain similar entries from their shared connections. The albums itself is commercially made and was given to Ella Kidman as a Christmas gift in 1897.
Scrapbook category:
Autograph album
Fonds / collection title:
Kidman family fonds
Fonds / collection identifier:
Fonds / collection creator:
Kidman family: Henry Oscar Kidman, Lilian L. Kidman, and Ella Kidman
Archival item identifier:
Accession Number: 2020-041
Archival finding aid:
Call Number: Z42.4 G7K53
University of Victoria (B.C.). Library
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