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1864 Sketchbook: Animals and Watercoloured Landscapes

Green cloth-bound notebook featuring preliminary sketches of farm animals--including sheep, cows, horses, a dog (defecating), and a chicken. Extensively illustrated, the sketchbook includes landscapes of farmland and topographical sketches with no...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

1864 Sketchbook: Political Leanings

This sketchbook points to Crane's political leanings, his view of the world, and his thoughts on labour and leisure. Bound in green cloth with gold embossed letters, the visual content tends towards the bucolic––featuring landscapes, sunset...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

1897 Sketchbook: Bases of Design

Dark blue leather notebook containing drawing techniques and sketching types. The sketchbook's date parallels Walter Crane's ideas on good design.The sketchbook includes preliminary sketches, line drawings, perspective views drawings, a...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

1901 Sketchbook: Ireland Travels

Brown leather notebook with clasp containing extensive drawings of Walter Crane’s travels in Ireland in the summer of 1901. These drawings of landscapes, shores-capes, and townscapes depict scenes from Crane’s time in Killiney, Killarney, Dublin,...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

1903 Sketchbook: Honorable Artillery Company

Black leather-bound sketchbook containing visual content of an architectural nature as well as plans for a panel painting. Architectural sketches include a building interior of a staircase, and a building exterior of of Weaponness Park in Scarboro...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

1905 Sketchbook

Black leather-bound notebook combines Crane’s work and leisure interests.The portraits of a woman, of a man with the initials L.F.C., and the table of diners are possible representations of Crane’s friends and family––many of whom are mentioned in...

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915

A Parrot from Mexico

Drawing of a Red-billed Parrot from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: the Neotropics: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia.] Attributed to Peter Paillou.

Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

A Perroquet from Bengal

Drawing of a male Red-breasted Parakeet from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: India and Southeat Asia].

Collins, Charles

A Variety in the Shooter Sun

Item consists of a colour illustration of a sea snake, among flowers. Figures have been cut out and pasted onto sheet, with background details drawn in. The caption describes the subject as "a large Water Snake, found in salt Marshy Grounds.&...

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