[Sketchbook of an upper-class lady amateur, Sarah Monk Cuslace(?); subjects include houses, marine views and scenes from drama and popular literature, some copied from other images.]
Charming and desirable sketchbook, 12mo, 18 pp. [+6], 15 pen and ink and watercolour drawings numbered to verso, complete as 'description of The preceding Drawings' (three following pages of ink mss.); original gilt tooled calf binding. Binding scuffed and rubbed; upper cover and fly leaf disbound. Some leaves excised; three doyley-form cartes-de-visit loosley inserted.
All compositions are executed with considerable skill by an accomplished hand. The identity of the artist is revealed at the back, with cut-out initials 'SMC' and full name glued to the final two pages. The 'description' refers to "a scene which passed in the May of 1809", a fishing party at Eythrope, seat of the Earl of Chesterfield. Houses depicted include Lethington House, East Lothian, Scotland; Shakespeare's house at Stratford; Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire; the mausoleum at Cobham Park; and Longleat in Wiltshire. Also included is a scene from Shakespeare, Mr. Kemble as Cato, scenes from the Ballad of Chevvy Chase and Marmion, the epic poem by Sir Walter Scott; two marine views featuring British warships and sailors.
[Ref: 18565] £680.00