Early 19th Century Regency / Georgian Period Artist's Album "Original Sketches by William Trent" Manuscript book of 137 Original Drawings and Paintings of the Washbrook, Copdock, Ipswich, Area of Suffolk probably influenced by George Frost (c.1810 - 1830)

William Trent

137 Suffolk Drawings & Paintings

Date: c.1810 - 1830

Bound in cloth covers titled "Original Sketches by Trent", this is an old album containing 137 original Paintings and Drawings by Suffolk Artist William Trent (1786 - 1876) very much in the style of George Frost, even down to the same laid paper used, there is a strong possibility that Trent knew George Frost, and as Frost is known to have gone on drawing trips with Constable, it is possible that Trent also accompanied them. none of the drawings are dated but all appear to be early 19th Century, with many rural scenes around Washbrook, Copdock, area near Ipswich and the surrounding Suffolk countryside, featuring Cottages, Churches, livestock, local people, Horse drawn carts etc, along with some coastal scenes and maritime scenes, a great many of the pictures are captioned, many are of Washbrook and Copdock, the ownership name of "Cotton, Washbrook" is written on the inside front cover, the Cotton's were a known family living in the village of Washbrook at this time. The album is a large folio format measuring 17.75 inches by 11 inches approx., both covers are detached with loss to two thirds of the spine cloth, heavy creasing to front and rear endpapers, one larger folding picture is heavily torn with noticeable loss to leading edge, some browning and foxing. Unfortunately it is obvious that a number of pages have been removed from the album by a previous owner, though the remaining contents provide a fascinating first hand record of these Suffolk villages in the early 19th Century by known artist William Trent. 1786 – 1876, was baptised at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London in September 1786, son of Saville Cust Trent (1761-1804) and his wife Sophia née Johnson, who married at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 22 November 1785. He married at St Margaret's church, Ipswich on 22 September 1813, Sarah Wilkinson and they had a least two children born in Ipswich, John Thomas born 1814 and Saville born 1819. In 1841, a farmer living at Copdock, near Ipswich with his wife and a 2 year old Thomas Cooper and in 1851 a 64 year old farmer of 15 acres, living at the Swan Inn, Copdock with his 60 year old wife Sarah, born Aldeborough, Suffolk and their 11 year grandson William C. Trent, born Clerkenwell, London. Copdock St Peter's church has a tower which is topped with brick battlements, with a weathervane of King David playing his harp which was designed and made by local farmer-artist William Trent in 1855. He made several watercolours of local scenes in Ipswich and in and around Washbrook and Copdock. He died back in London at the home of his son Charles, at 18 St Thomas Street, Islington on 20 January 1876, aged 90, being described as 'late of Washbrook, Suffolk'. His will was proved by his son Charles at the PPR on 12 February 1876

Note
TRENT, William 1786 - 1876 Baptised at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London in September 1786, son of Saville Cust Trent (1761-1804) and his wife Sophia née Johnson, who married at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 22 November 1785. He married at St Margaret's church, Ipswich on 22 September 1813, Sarah Wilkinson and they had a least two children born in Ipswich, John Thomas born 1814 and Saville born 1819. In 1841, a farmer living at Copdock, near Ipswich with his wife and a 2 year old Thomas Cooper and in 1851 a 64 year old farmer of 15 acres, living at the Swan Inn, Copdock with his 60 year old wife Sarah, born Aldeborough, Suffolk and their 11 year grandson William C. Trent, born Clerkenwell, London. Copdock St Peter's church has a tower which is topped with brick battlements, with a weathervane of King David playing his harp which was designed and made by local farmer-artist William Trent in 1855. He made several watercolours of local scenes in Ipswich and in and around Washbrook and Copdock. He died back in London at the home of his son Charles, at 18 St Thomas Street, Islington on 20 January 1876, aged 90, being described as 'late of Washbrook, Suffolk'. His will was proved by his son Charles at the PPR on 12 February 1876.

Binding
Cloth

£3500

Offered by Andrew Cox