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Churchyard, Harriet, 1836–1926

Album of drawings.

[England], [late 19th century]
Physical Description:
1 volume ([18] drawings) ; 24 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process ND1942.C48 W38
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Drawings & Watercolors
Harriet Churchyard (1836-1926) was the 6th child and 5th daughter of Thomas Churchyard of Melton (one of "the chief wits of Woodbridge" as characterized by Edward Fitzgerald, who numbered himself, with Bernard Barton and Rev. George Crabbe, as the others). Harriet studied at Ipswich School of Art in 1868, and from 1871 taught at Brook House Ladies Academy. As her siblings predeceased her, the family art and other possessions accumulated with Harriet who disposed of very little over the years. On her death the last remaining son Charley promptly sold everything, mixing up the work of Thomas with that of his daughters in one large sale held by Arnott & Everett, April 11th, 1927, Lecture Hall, Woodbridge.
Reproductions of other watercolors by Harriet Churchyard are included in: The artist's daughter : a fictionalised memoir of Ellen Churchyard / Sally Kibble (Woodbridge, Suffolk : Antique Collectors' Club, c2009). Another album, privately owned, with watercolors by Churchard is described here: http://www.thomaschurchyard.co.uk/paintings/hc11.asp.
Bound in quarter red roan and marbled boards.
Album of drawings by Harriet Churchyard (1836-1926), comprising 18 full-page watercolors, mounted, with handwritten text beneath (in neat pen and black ink). Each scene is a sort of a conversation piece, with a brief exchange of humorous dialogue copied beneath. Many depict conventional domestic interiors. The name of the artist is inscribed on the front pastedown. Inserted with the album is a smaller Churchyard item, comprising six pages, stitched, with sketches of horses and carriages, a knife grinder, and a butcher. This smaller volume bears no marks of authorship; the grinder sketch is captioned "Paid this rascal too much for knife grinding Dec. 2nd 1852."
Subject Terms:
Churchyard, Harriet, 1836-1926.
Domestic space -- Great Britain -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
Wit and humor -- Great Britain.
Conversation pieces (portraits)

  • Missus-ism
  • Harry takes his cousins to see the hounds meet
  • Artist "My Big Picture?"
  • Young Sowberries
  • Scene - Commercial Room
  • Faint Praise
  • Wit at a Disadvantage
  • After Supper - Strange Admission
  • Frightful
  • Servantgalism
  • Old Girl
  • Nothing Like Prudence
  • Obliging Railway Official
  • Pic-Nicing under the new Poaching Act
  • Behold the mighty Sabertache...
  • First Day at School
  • Miss Myrtle
  • Ticket Clerk.

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