Hunting With Prince George; Gibraltar, Spain, Tetuan, Tangier 1838

Hunting With Prince George; Gibraltar, Spain, Tetuan, Tangier 1838
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PELHAM, Captain the Honourable Dudley Worseley Anderson. Sketch book approx.15.5 cm x12.5cm., original half morocco with marbled paper boards, worn covers. 1838. Kept by  Pelham whilst stationed in the Mediterranean as Captain of H.M.S.Wasp. 
In total around 77 pages of drawings and preliminary sketches in pencil, eighteen of which are more finished works with watercolour. Some titled, dated or with additional captions giving names etc. The front cover on vol.1 bears a label reading “1838  Figures, Gibraltar & Tetuan, Tangier Dudley Pelham”. The album begins with a series of drawings, [with dates between November 13th-15th 1838] made whilst accompanying the young Prince George, Duke of Cambridge [aged 19 at the time] on a hunting trip whilst he was attached to British Army staff in Gibraltar. Included are studies of armed men in Spanish hunting costume, drawn whilst at camp. A double-page drawing shows “The Camp at Navamatreva” [?]  with the tents of his fellow Naval Officers annotated. Pelham often names his subjects, as well as offering brief biographical details. “Pepe Mateo The Killer of the Wood Celebrated as having committed 8 murders”; “Sebastian Calvente one of the Batidors” [scouts] shown balancing a the body of a wild boar on his shoulders. There are three drawings which include Prince George; the first, “Evening’s amusement” is a scene inside a tent showing the British officers and “H.R.H. P.G.” with their guides playing music; the second shows the British officers Bruce, Frazer and Upton in a tent with “H.R.H. P.G.” playing a card game. The third drawing shows the inside of a Moroccan mosque with the British party meeting a local leader and titled “The Caide of Tetuan, Reception of P. George”. Other views include the “Fort at Tetuan Commander of the Fort” showing two men in front of the square turret with red flag atop, a scene of “Moorish women - walking dress”, and two good watercolour sketches of women in local dress titled “Jewels of Tetuan” showing the costumes for married and unmarried women. The sketchbook has a number of interesting topographical drawings as well as figure studies, including several views of Gibraltar, Melilla drawn at sea, a coloured view of “St. Martin’s Cove”, several coloured and pencil views of the Alhambra at Granada, a good double-page watercolour view of Tangier “place of prayer for the annual sacrifice of the lamb”, an entertaining pencil sketch of “snake charmers Tangier”, another of seated musicians, and  two good watercolour drawings of standing and seated men in white robes noted “Tangier June 22nd”.
In addition, there is a second similar sketchbook (unnamed, but obviously by Pelham) with just 13 pages of drawings, some dated in 1840 and including views of Naples [one in colour].

[The Honourable Dudley Worsley Anderson Pelham,(1812- 1851) was the second son of the Earl of Yarborough, and Henrietta Anna Maria Charlotte Simpson second daughter of Hon. John Bridgman Simpson. He entered the Navy Aug. 4th 1825; served as Midshipman on board the Dartmouth, at the battle of Navarin, 20th Oct. 1827; obtained his first commission 28th  Sept. 1831; and was subsequently appointed on 17th Sept. 1832, to the Conway 1833, to the Blonde in South America, and  in 1835, to the Jupiter, Capt. Hon. Fred. Wm. Grey, under whom he accompanied Lord Auckland as Governor-General to India. Attaining the rank of Commander 15th Feb. 1836, he served in that capacity, from 21st  Oct. 1837, until 1840, in the Wasp in the Mediterranean. Pelham was married in 1839 to Madalena, second daughter of Sir John Gordon Sinclair. Prince George of Cambridge was educated in Hanover and from 1830 in England. Like his father, he embarked upon a military career initially becoming a colonel in the Hanoverian Army and then, on 3 November 1837, becoming a brevet colonel in the British Army.He was attached to the staff at Gibraltar from October 1838 to April 1839.]

[HMS Wasp built in 1812 was an 18-gun Cruizer-class brig-sloop launched in 1812. She was broken up in 1847.]

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