Lot 5
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James Smetham

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • James Smetham
  • Scraps from Sketchbooks
  • inscribed on the frontispiece; Scraps/ from/ Sketch Books/ Jas. Smetham.; variously inscribed throughout the book 
  • some pencil, others pen and ink, chalk, watercolour and bodycolour
  • overall size of book 22 by 14cm., 8½ by 4½in.

Catalogue Note

This fascinating and comprehensive album of drawings and studies taken from sketchbooks was compiled by the artist's daughter. It allows us a wonderful insight into subjects that inspired Smetham. The album contains approximately 225 drawings and watercolours of various sizes pasted to forty-five pages. There are studies of animals and botany, portraits and figure sketches and compositions for pictures, including scenes from The Tempest and other romantic and fanciful subjects. Among the landscapes are depictions of Braemar and Hawthondon castles in Scotland.