Albert A. Harcourt, Essex Street Strand, London- Original 1872 pen & ink drawing

An original 1872 pen & ink drawing, Albert A. Harcourt Essex Street Strand, London.

An intricately drawn pen and ink illustration of the elevation of houses at 14 Essex Street Strand in London. Laid down on backing paper. There appears to be an impartial fragment of a letter verso on the image itself. Due to the expense of fine paper, it is likely the artist simply reused what was at hand for the drawing. 

Unsigned. Dated lower left. Inscribed lower right: '14 Essex Street Strand'.
Minor areas of age toning, particularly in the corners, as shown. Some rippling to the paper along the upper and lower edge, possibly due to historical application of excess glue for mounting. Otherwise, in good condition.
15.9cm x 18cm.

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-040

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