Albert A. Harcourt, 1000 Islands, Ontario - Original 1873 graphite drawing

An original 1873 graphite drawing, Albert A. Harcourt 1000 Islands, Ontario.

A scenic graphite drawing, with watercolour overpainting, of the landscape at 1000 Islands, an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the border between the US and Canada. Laid down on backing paper. There is a partial 'tman 73' watermark along the right side, indicating 'J. Whatman 1873'. 

Unsigned. Inscribed on a separate fragment of paper: '1000 Islands Ontario'.
Minor foxing and some overall age toning as shown. Otherwise, in good condition.
11.2cm x 15.4cm.

Albert A. Harcourt, of South Belgravia, London, clearly took a very keen interest in some of the visual spectacles that were available to him, as a late Victorian gentleman-about-town. Many of the studies in this collection depict the characters in popular plays and operettas that were on the London stage during the period, and a particular taste for the French-themed productions that were fashionable at the time, with their elaborate costumes.

Ships were clearly another of Harcourt’s interests: many different types of sailing vessel are depicted in the sketchbook, again with a real eye for detail. Finally, though an address in Belgravia would certainly have been convenient for visiting London’s theatres, Harcourt appears to have been extremely well travelled. One sketch of a ship in our collection is described as being made ‘off Cape Horn,’ while other works depict Native Americans, apparently in the United States. Other, later sketchbooks by Harcourt exist showing the various types of people to be found in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Wherever he went, it seems, Harcourt was fascinated by variations in dress and appearance, and the means of travel around the world.

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Product code: JJ-064

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