Book Description

A well-presented album of 24 original sketches of Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. These original drawings provide a new insight into the town and surroundings in 1844, just before the railway arrived in 1846. They are by an unknown person, almost certainly a woman. One has a reference to ‘Mrs. H. Sykes and myself.’ It is possible they stayed at The Calverley Hotel as it features in several views; the building still stands and opened as a hotel in 1840. Local history experts may be able to trace the artist from lists of visitors which were sometimes published in libraries and local newspapers. Taken together the sketches record a visit of just over a month, between 19th August and 28th September 1844. The sketches are ribbon-bound in the original hand-made paper covers titled 'Tunbridge Wells 1844'. The album is now protected in a clamshell case. The work is in pencil, sometimes heightened with tinted wash. The artist also toured the local area including Eridge, Speldhurst, Bayham Abbey, Penshurst, Somerhill, Southborough, Crockhurst, Poundsbridge, and Great Bounds. Some of these locations now form the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells and all are just a short carriage ride from the centre. Details of the tour and dates are below. Size of album is 30 cm by 23 cm approx.
Dealer Notes
The twenty-four views are titled and dated as follows:
Not dated and loose: Tunbridge Wells from the Common.
Not dated: View from Calverley Park.
14th Sept 1844: Lodge at Eridge, Lord Abergavenny.
12th September: Tunbridge Wells from the Common.
14th September: Lodge at Calverley Park.
10th September: St Helena Cottage Tunb. Wells.
28th September: From the Garden Calverley Hotel.
September: Near Tunbridge on the East Grinstead Road.
26 September: Near Speldhurst.
12th September: Hop Picking on the Lamberhurst Road.
30th August Spanish Chestnut near East Grinstead.
20th August: Bayham Abbey.
20th August: another view of Bayham Abbey.
19th August: Penshurst.
19th August: The Court Penshurst.
4th September: Groombridge Place – with Mrs M. Sykes reference.
28th August: Somerhill.
31th August: Lodge at Somerhill.
5th September: From the Garden Calverley Hotel.
28th August: Calverley Hotel from the Park.
6th September: Southborough Lodge.
30th August: Crockhurst Hatch Gate.
2nd September: Old Street Poundsbridge.
6th September: Great Bounds.
21st August: Toad Rock.
Size of album is 30 cm by 23 cm approx.
Author Not known
Date 1844
Binding Paper covers in custom made clamshell box
Publisher Manuscript
Condition Very good
Pages 24

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