Frances Hannah Burrard, Chained Bear Dance, Italy - Early 19th-century drawing


An original early 19th-century graphite drawing, Frances Hannah Burrard Chained Bear Dance, Italy.

This interesting drawing of an unusual subject is by Frances Hannah Burrard (d.1849), member of the important Burrard family of Lymington, Hampshire. This drawing is inspired by a 19th-century Italian engraving of a chained bear performing in the street along with two small dogs in costume. Frances Hannah Burrard was daughter of General Sir Harry Burrard, 1st Baronet of Lymington and Governor of Calshot Castle. Her cousin was the poet Caroline Anne Bowles (who married Poet Laureate Robert Southey) – by whom we also have watercolours for sale, from the same collection. On laid paper, with lion watermark. Laid down on backing paper.

Inscribed with artist name on the backing paper lower right.
Some minor age toning as shown.
19.7cm x 24.1cm.

This picture forms part of a fascinating collection of largely early 19th-century works we have for sale connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington. Taken as a whole, the collection tells of the family’s artistic talents, including that of artist and seaman Admiral Sir Charles Burrard; Laura Burrard, whose drawings are in the National History Museum; and poet Caroline Anne Bowles, future wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey. They picture the places in Hampshire where the family grew up and which remained significant to the Burrards through the 19th century, along with Naval subjects, evidencing the importance of Naval achievement in the family’s history. In addition, there are some unusual subjects relating to New World exploration, forming a fascinating record of contemporary interest in this amongst the English ruling classes at this time.

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Product code: JK-310

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