Scarborough Cliffs - Original 1852 graphite drawing


An original 1852 graphite drawing, Scarborough Cliffs.

A charming Victorian view along the North Yorkshire coast at Scarborough, with sailing boats and figures. Drawing in graphite and scratching out on buff-coloured scratch paper.

Unsigned. Inscribed and dated lower left.
Some minor marks to the paper, and light creasing towards the left edge, with a crease across the upper left corner.
17.9cm x 25.8cm.

This work is a delightful example of a Victorian 'friendship picture' and is one of a collection of such works that we have for sale. Varied and often small in scale, they represent the Victorian art of collecting original artworks as mementoes of friendship and exchange. As such, they take on a particularly intimate charm and reflect the relationships and interests of their past owners. The works of art would often meditate on the value of friendship, communicating values of loyalty and steadfastness, and feature a whole range of subjects and media – including botanical and animal studies, nautical scenes, landscapes, military subjects and small portraits – all with some personal connection to the owner. Taken as a whole, these works are a fascinating record of Victorian popular tastes and culture.

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Product code: JM-416

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