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 Scarborough England. The sketchbook includes a sleeping cat, a still life ink drawing of dried seaweed, soldiers, and a throne.
A mid-section of the sketchbook indicates Crane’s preliminary work for a commission. It includes a centralized composition of an enthroned figure followed by a processional figures on horseback, a floor plan, pages of notes with the repeated letters H.A.C., and costumed soldiers. These pages may have been part of the preliminary work that Crane did for his early twentieth-century commission to commemorate the soldiers of the Honorable Artillery Company (H.A.C.) who lost their lives during the Boer War.
Much of the textual content includes architectural and artistic terminology, such as cornices, wood carving, modelled panel. The notes contain information on measurements, on materials, and colours, types of clothing, and weapons. Numbers appear as dimensions, sums of money in British pounds, and time tables for the train. Evaluative language of student work appear under the headings “Reading College - Examination.”
The medium pencil on paper and ink on paper. The sketchbook includes a dried flower.