Robert Sparrow ESQ.R.(of Worlingham Hall, Suffolk).
Printed by C. Hullmendel.
Stipple with very large margins. India paper, laid on Album sheet. Sheet size: 550 x 380mm (21¾ x 15").
The manor of Worlingham was purchased by Robert Sparrow, the elder, on June 23rd, 1755. He arrived as a wealthy property owner from Kettleburgh where the family had resided as landowners since the 17th century. Sparrow the elder became connected with the area of Lowestoft through a commercial interest in 'fish houses' and owned a 'summer property', called Cliff Cottage, sited at the northern edge of the town. Cliff Cottage was probably an artisan's house, which was gentrified by Robert Sparrow II at the turn of the 18th century. By the end of the 19th century the building, considerably modified and enlarged, became known locally as 'Sparrows Nest'.
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