Abbey Ruin, Wooden Victorian Picture Album - Original early 19th-century




An original early 19th-century , Abbey Ruin, Wooden Victorian Picture Album.

An evocative early Victorian picture album, with wooden covers. The album appears to have been put together by the artist Henry Bryant. Both covers are illustrated with Romantic scenes of ruined abbey church buildings.

Unsigned.
In fair condition for its age. The two wooden boards are no longer held together, and there is wear, scratching and staining to the images on them, as shown.
28.5cm x 36.8cm.
Unframed.

This Victorian album originally contained a wide variety of watercolour paintings and pencil sketches, all from the early decades of the nineteenth century, and many with a connection to India.

The album seems to have belonged to an HS Bryant: one of its pages is inscribed ‘HS Bryant’s diary,’ while another (also signed HS Bryant) relates the circumstances in which a sketch was made, and others are attributed to ‘my mother, Lady Bryant.’ Given the connections of many of these pictures to Simla in India, this would seem to be a reference to Elizabeth, Lady Bryant, who was the wife of Major General Sir Jeremiah Bryant CB (1783 - 1845), an officer in the Bengal Army. That would make HS Bryant the artist Henry Bryant, who was born in India, and painted many Indian landscape views.

Bryant seems to have collected many of these pictures for their personal connection to himself: there are sketches by his mother, and others that he seems to have made himself, showing the places he visited. At the same time, he seems to have had a keen eye for high quality work produced by other artists. Among the works in this collection are ones by some prominent nineteenth century artists, including Sir Charles D’Oyly, Sir Richard Westmacott, John Lewis Roget, and John Henderson.

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Product code: JG-175


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