Eighteenth Century Drawing Book, Staplehurst, Lenham, Sittingbourne, Ashford.

Eighteenth Century Drawing Book, Staplehurst, Lenham, Sittingbourne, Ashford.
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[ANON] Drawing Book in original brown paper wraps, pp 24 of laid paper sewn in ( now loosened) plus one leaf loosely inserted. 11 watercolour drawings in pencil, pen and wash, with further drawings in ink on the wraps. Approx 28.5 cm x 22.5 cm. The images are in a juvenile, naïve hand and show bucolic scenes, a seascape, and named churches.Two views are taken from named Gentleman’s houses, “ Lenham from Mr Wakeley’s Parlour Window” and the loose sheet which has a cropped image “ A View of Staplehurst Church from Mr Diamond’s Garden 1757 (1797?)”. One other image bears a date; “The Ruins of Sittingbourne Church in 1762”.
The paper is watermarked with a shield above “LVG” which may well be the initials of Lubertus van Gerrevink, a major Dutch paper manufacturer in the eighteenth century who was associated with several English paper mill firms.
The cover has been used for several informal drawings, including a profile portrait sketch , a young man in frock coat standing upon a raised plinth, ships, and a cross section of a bell. The overall feeling is that this is a school drawing book. There are four intriguing lines of scratched out script in pen on the front cover which, if decipherable might have given some clue to the authorship of the work, or were perhaps rude schoolboy verse, erased for propriety 

We have found out a little about the two named gentlemen; Mr Wakeley of Lenham lived in” an antient mansion, which has been modernized formerly, called Peirce-house, now belonging to Mr. James Wakeley…” Mr Diamond of Staplehurst ….” Might be “John DIAMOND of this parish died 20 December 1742 aged 66 years. Ann his wife died 10 November 1775 aged 85 years.” Messrs Dymond and Brighter of Staplehurst are  listed in the Medical Register of 1783, and there is a memorial tablet on the east wall of south chancel chapel to a John Diamond, d.1800 in All Saints Church Staplehurst.

£1,150.00


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