Date: [ 1829 ]

GLADSTONE, Robert. Small full leather blank book, gilt to spine in six compartments, gilt ruling to boards, gilt title “sketch book” on spine. Signed “Robert Gladstone jr 1829” on front free endpapers, with a scarcely visible “Liverpool” in pencil beneath the signature.Approx 15 cm x 9.5 cm . Front board starting at spine, with discreet tissue strengthening to inner gutter margin. A charming little sketch book, with fifty pages used for pencil, pen and wash images, mostly very small. The images range from scant pencil sketches of people to more finished pen portrait drawings with added colour. The tiny characters capture the times quite well. One or two are dated ( 1825 and 1826) and two have names written underneath the drawings. It seems possible that the volume, obviously juvenile work, was completed or bound in 1829. The identity of the young artist is not certain, but there is a good candidate in Robert Gladstone the younger, [1811-1872] cousin to the later Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone. Robert’s Father was a wealthy merchant and slave owner- well able to afford a binding for his son’s juvenile drawings. [Robert Gladstone senior , who had invested in slave plantations in Canoe Valley Jamaica and Great Valley, died in 1835 . Following abolition in 1833, Robert junior was awarded compensation as one of his father’s executors (along with Thomas Steuart Gladstone and William Gladstone) for the estate of Robert Senior the owner-in-fee of Great Valley in Manchester Jamaica. Details of the award below; 2nd Nov 1835 ;468 Enslaved ; £9225 compensation awarded. Claim Notes; Parliamentary Papers p. 23. T71/915 p. 74: claim from Robert Gladstone, of Manchester, as owner-in-fee. T71/860: supplemental claim received on 26/10/1835 from Thomas Steuart Gladstone, Wm. Gladstone and Robert Gladstone, as 'executors of claimant who died on 31st August 1835'. Robert Gladstone Junior was Born 22 Feb 1811 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and was the son of Robert Gladstone and his wife Catherine. He had several brothers.In 1836, he married his first wife Frances Georgiana (Hinde) Gladstone in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. Following her death he married Ann Mary (Hinde) Gladstone in 1852 and they had at least seven children.Robert died in 1872 in Elvaston Place, Hyde Park, Middlesex, England .His occupation was listed as agent of The Purchase Of Cotton Trust and magistrate. He appears in the 1861 and 1871 census records listed as a merchant.]


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