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Auction archive: Lot number 152

DRAYSON, Henry Edwin (1813-late 19th c.). An album of sketches of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. North America and Great Britain, 1857.

Estimate
US$4,000 - US$6,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 152

DRAYSON, Henry Edwin (1813-late 19th c.). An album of sketches of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. North America and Great Britain, 1857.

Estimate
US$4,000 - US$6,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

DRAYSON, Henry Edwin (1813-late 19th c.). An album of sketches of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. North America and Great Britain, 1857. Oblong quarto album (231 x 310mm). 36 leaves of sketches and watercolors, one loose pencil drawing. Modern green half morocco over black pebbled cloth, in a modern box. Provenance : Bertha Maud Thomas (the artist’s daughter; signature) – Edward Eberstadt & Sons – Donald Heald Rare Books. A handsome album of original watercolors and sketches mostly of Eastern North America, including an image of the Washington Monument under-construction. Drayson was a civil engineer and surveyor in Kent and the brother of Alfred Wilks Drayson, to whom Arthur Conan Doyle dedicated his book The Captain of the Polestar. Beginning with a sketch of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Drayson illustrates a series of iconic American landscapes, including the Hudson, Potomac, and Susquehanna rivers, Niagara Falls, Lake Huron, and Green Bay—interspersed with views of Wales and his home in Sussex. The sketches demonstrate the precision of a professional draftsman, but his watercolors offer sensitive and winsome impressions of the grandeur of the mountains and waterways of the New World.

Auction archive: Lot number 152
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

DRAYSON, Henry Edwin (1813-late 19th c.). An album of sketches of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. North America and Great Britain, 1857. Oblong quarto album (231 x 310mm). 36 leaves of sketches and watercolors, one loose pencil drawing. Modern green half morocco over black pebbled cloth, in a modern box. Provenance : Bertha Maud Thomas (the artist’s daughter; signature) – Edward Eberstadt & Sons – Donald Heald Rare Books. A handsome album of original watercolors and sketches mostly of Eastern North America, including an image of the Washington Monument under-construction. Drayson was a civil engineer and surveyor in Kent and the brother of Alfred Wilks Drayson, to whom Arthur Conan Doyle dedicated his book The Captain of the Polestar. Beginning with a sketch of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Drayson illustrates a series of iconic American landscapes, including the Hudson, Potomac, and Susquehanna rivers, Niagara Falls, Lake Huron, and Green Bay—interspersed with views of Wales and his home in Sussex. The sketches demonstrate the precision of a professional draftsman, but his watercolors offer sensitive and winsome impressions of the grandeur of the mountains and waterways of the New World.

Auction archive: Lot number 152
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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