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Townshend, Harriet Frances, -1880
Harriet Francis Townshend sketchbook, 1820-1825.
Physical Description:
1 volume (approximately 51 drawings) : graphite ; 15 x 22 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DA730.T69 H37 1820
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Drawings & Watercolors
The volume bears Harriet's signature, dated 1820, on a front endpaper, as well as her note bequeathing the volume to "my dear niece Charlotte Massie at my death," who in turn bequeaths it to her niece Eliza Anne Buchanan at her death in 1868. The verso of the front fly-leaf includes a note in graphite, in a 19th century hand (by Mrs W. Buchanan), recording the "final" bequest in this volume's family history.
The Townshends of Wincham were a younger branch of the Townshends of Trevallyn Co. Denbigh, who derive their descent from Sir Robert Townshend, gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles. Harriet's father was the first Townshend of Wincham, which came to him under the will of Hester Leigh of Adlington (Wincham Hall is now a hotel). When they married in 1828 Thomas was 46 years old, and Harriet 39, and it is probably true that the attachment on his side was of long standing. But the story that he proposed to her seventeen years running at Chester races must be accepted with reserve (ref: Twemlows, their Wives and their Homes.) Richard Massie, of Coddington, married Hester Lee Townshend in 1796, and they raised a family of 22 children. Charlotte, their 18th child, died unmarried, but her sister Eliza married Captain William Buchanan in 1832.
Bound in original blind-tooled black roan.
Manuscript sketchbook of drawings by Harriet Frances Townshend mainly depicting Welsh landscape and coastal views and rural scenery. There are 6 sepia wash drawings, and 45 graphite drawings, with some additional sketches on the rear end-paper and paste-down.
Subject Terms:
Townshend, Harriet Frances, -1880.
Wales -- Pictorial works.
Graphite drawings.
Wash drawings.
Landscape drawings.
Landscape drawings.
Travel sketches.
Travel sketches.

  • In graphite: Tuvallyn Mill
  • Tuvallyn Bridge
  • Tuvallyn from Mr Cowper's Orchard
  • Tuvallyn Hall
  • Wincham (7), including one of the canal
  • Gresford
  • Lymm (2)
  • Bryn y Ffynnon
  • Efenechtyd Church
  • Efenechtyd
  • School House Marford
  • Cefyn-y
  • Rossett
  • Flint Castle
  • Denbigh Castle
  • Country House with figure in woods in the foreground
  • Dolhyfryd from the Boat House
  • Seacombe (2)
  • Ferry House, Seacombe
  • Douglas, Isle-of-Man
  • Douglas, Isle-of-Man, Light House
  • View of Liverpool from Mrs Rothwell's Gardens
  • From Stone Bridge
  • town and castle (2)
  • rural house
  • wooded valley
  • village scene with cart and figures (2)
  • ruined gravestone
  • rural cottages (6)
  • horse and cart.
  • Sepia wash: Water mill
  • Denbigh Castle
  • Country House
  • Douglas, Isle-of Man. Fine view of the port.
  • Castle, Isle-of-Man
  • Peel Castle, Isle-of-Man.

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