484
484
Scott, Sir Walter--family
ALBUM OF POEMS BY WORDSWORTH AND OTHERS, SKETCHES AND PORTRAITS, INCLUDING A SILHOUETTE OF SCOTT
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
484
Scott, Sir Walter--family
ALBUM OF POEMS BY WORDSWORTH AND OTHERS, SKETCHES AND PORTRAITS, INCLUDING A SILHOUETTE OF SCOTT
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

English Literature, History, Science, Childrens Books and Illustrations

|
London

Scott, Sir Walter--family
ALBUM OF POEMS BY WORDSWORTH AND OTHERS, SKETCHES AND PORTRAITS, INCLUDING A SILHOUETTE OF SCOTT
containing c.42 items, most mounted in the album, including poems by Madame de Genlis (four-line autograph quotation signed, "D.cesse De Genlis"), Felicia Hemans (autograph poem initialled, entitled 'Farewell to Abbotsford', beginning "Home of the gifted!"), and William Wordsworth (transcript entirely in the hand of his daughter Dora Wordsworth of 'On the Departure of Sir Walter Scott from Abbotsford', beginning "A trouble, not of clouds or weeping rain", dated, "Trossacks Septbr 29th", and signed, "Wm Wordsworth"); family portraits including a pencil and watercolour sketch of Sir Walter’s grandson, Walter S. Lockhart, dated 1830, and a silhouette of Scott by his daughter Anne, dated 25 March 1821; sketches or studies by artists including William Gell (2 ink sketches of Italian scenes, dated 26 January and 11 March 1832), Francis Grant (4 four sketches or studies including studies for a battle scene, 1830), Michelangelo Caetani, and Edward Cheney; album on various coloured paper (including white Whatman paper watermarked 1831), 36 pages, plus blanks, with three items loose at the back of the volume, 4to, red morocco gilt, inside dentelles incorporating a lyre, silk endpapers, lockable clasp; binding worn at edges 
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

"Album of Lady Scott, wife of Sir Walter Scott. Left by their daughter-in-law [presumably Jane Jobson, wife of Sir Walter's son Lt. Col. Walter Scott (1801-47)] to George Bayley, Writer to the Signet, who was her cousin." (typescript note accompanying album); thence by descent

Catalogue Note

AN IMPORTANT ALBUM CONTAINING VARIOUS ITEMS RELATING TO SCOTT'S FINAL TOUR OF EUROPE. Scott, recovering from a stroke and with persistent money troubles, left Abbotsford in September 1831, a moment commemorated in Wordsworth's poem found in this album. The album includes a number of Italian sketches by friends who spent time with Scott during this trip, including William Gell and Edward Cheney. Earlier in 1831 Scott had sat for a portrait by Francis Grant, several of whose sketches are also found in the album. This album was evidently not, as family tradition has it, assembled by Lady Scott, who had died in 1826, but the presence of several family items strongly suggests it was assembled by an immediate family member. This is supported by the provenance, as it descended to a cousin of Scott's daughter-in-law. The most likely candidate is Scott's daughter Anne, who accompanied her father on his Italian trip of 1831-32 and died unmarried in 1833.

English Literature, History, Science, Childrens Books and Illustrations

|
London