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Johnson, Isaac, 1754-1835, artist.

Ancient remains of art in the county of Suffolk : exhibited in views of portals, churches, castles, monastic remains, with monuments, fonts, &c. : illustrated with topographical remarks / by Isaac Johnson, Woodbridge, ending in 1834.

Additional Title(s):

Title of the second volume: Excursions on the sea coast of Suffolk, comprising views of the most interesting objects on the same, illustrated with topographical notices, MDCCCXXXIIII

Woodbridge, England, 1834.
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 33 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 36
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Archives & Manuscripts
"Between 1799 and 1816 Johnson drew the south view of every church in Suffolk, keeping the pen-and-ink originals for reference in order to make neat copies of all 514 churches in bound volumes to order. He charged 7s. 6d. per page for albums of drawings, titling them so immaculately that his hand has often been mistaken for printing. Collections were given such titles as 'Architectural and monumental remains', 'Ancient remains of art', and 'Excursions on the sea coast of Suffolk'. Three volumes produced speculatively were left unsold at his death."--J.M. Blatchly, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
"Amongst the effects offered for sale after Johnson's death were two more albums of drawings and 22 sheets towards a third. Had they been commissioned they were never claimed. It seems likely that Isaac had prepared them speculatively, perhaps using inclement periods of his last two winters on the work. Despite their contents and lavish bindings, Moulton had great difficulty in disposing of them ... Francis Capper Brooke of Ufford Place bought the whole collection for £12 10s from Moulton in June 1872 .... A month earlier Brooke had commissioned the Churchyard daughters Harriet and Emma to make copies of more of Johnson's pages to extend the antiquities on sheets of paper of the right size, eventually to produce a third volume. They were good at imitating Johnson's style, but the hands were rounder and slightly larger. The copies they produced were based on another Isaac Johnson volume at Glevering Hall, and Cornelius Welton, solicitor to the Arcedeckne family living there, arranged for the loan to Brooke. The two volumes, extra pages and many interesting pieces of related ephemera came up for auction at Sotheby's on 19th July 1979 [purchased by the Yale Center for British Art]."--J.M. Blatchly (forthcoming monograph).
Blatchly, J.M. Isaac Johnson of Woodbridge, 1754-1835, p. 14
The third volume has title page: "Excursions on the sea coast of Suffolk ..." The front cover, however, is stamped in gilt: "Ancient remains, Suffolk."
Drawings and descriptions of the antiquities of Suffolk, in three volumes, by Isaac Johnson (1754-1835). The drawings, executed in pen and black ink and gray wash, depict churches, castles, gateways, ruins, fonts, screens, and armorial devices. Volumes 1 and 2 begin with full-page maps "exhibiting the site of the various objects comprised in this collection." Descriptive text is written in a neat copperplate hand. The volumes were produced speculatively and left unsold at Johnson's death (see DNB). Volume 3 includes contributions by Harriet Churchyard, Emma Churchyard, and Mrs. Mary Ann Rowley. Content is generally drawn and written on rectos only. Pages bear between one and eight drawings, each drawing accompanied by descriptive text. Some of the drawings are also accompanied by small maps, contextualizing the subject. An alphabetical index to all three volumes is provided at the end of volume 3.
The volumes are supplemented by letters, concerning the present manuscripts, by or to Francis Capper Brooke, Harriet and Emma Churchyard, Mary Ann Rowley, Cornelius Welton, and Charles Golding.
Subject Terms:
Antiquarians -- England.
Brooke, F. C. (Francis Capper), 1810-1886.
Castles -- England -- Suffolk.
Cathedrals -- England -- Suffolk.
Church buildings -- England -- Suffolk.
Churchyard, Emma, 1828-1878.
Churchyard, Harriet, 1836-1926.
Golding, Charles.
Johnson, Isaac, 1754-1835.
Moulton, Benjamin, 1808-1883.
Rouse, Rolla, 1805-1887.
Rowley, Mary Ann.
Suffolk (England) -- Antiquities.
Suffolk (England) -- History.
Suffolk (England) -- Maps.
Welton, Cornelius.
Ink drawings -- 1834.
Views -- England -- Suffolk.
Maps -- England -- Suffolk.
Brooke, F. C. (Francis Capper), 1810-1886.
Churchyard, Emma, 1828-1878.
Churchyard, Harriet, 1836-1926.
Golding, Charles.
Moulton, Benjamin, 1808-1883.
Rouse, Rolla, 1805-1887.
Rowley, Mary Ann.
Welton, Cornelius.

  • Contents, volume 1: Entrances: Frontispiece
  • Map of Reference
  • Portal to Arwarton Hall
  • Portal to Parham Hall
  • Do. and Sudbury College
  • Porch to Beccles Church
  • Porch to Guildhall & St. Saviours Hospital, Bury
  • Porch to Wilby Church
  • Portal to Hadleigh Parsonage
  • Portal to Butley Abbey, inside front
  • Portal to Do. outside front
  • Armorial bearings on do.
  • Church and chapel ruins: Barnham St. Martin, Fornham St. Genoveve
  • Hazlewood, Thorp Chapel, Flixton St. Andw.
  • Northales or Covehithe
  • Walderswick
  • Ashfield All Saints, Orford
  • St. Mildreds, Ipswich
  • Lindsey, Sudbury, Alderton, Loudham
  • Castles: Offton
  • Bungay
  • Mettingham
  • Haughley
  • Wingfield
  • Clare
  • Orford
  • Framlingham
  • Monastic remains: Kersey Priory
  • Chapels, St. Patronilla, St. Olaves
  • St. Peters Hospital, Bury
  • Monastic remains: Chapel ruins, Knoddishall
  • Leiston Abbey
  • Do.
  • Do.
  • Sibton Abbey
  • Butley Abbey
  • Monumental: Melford, Arwarton
  • Wingfield, Arwarton
  • Yoxford, Brantham
  • Wingfield
  • Stonham Aspal
  • Ufford
  • Ipswich, St. Margarets
  • Sudbourn
  • Hintlesham
  • Orford, Melton, Yoxford
  • Yoxford, Stoke, Little Wenham
  • Fonts: Laxfield, St. Peters, Wangford, Brandeston
  • Chelmondiston, Hadleigh, Wingfield &c.
  • Ufford
  • Sundries: Market Cross, Lavenham
  • Bliburgh Church
  • Do. interior
  • Parham Hall
  • Little Wenham Hall
  • Felixtow Old Hall
  • Friston Hall Tower
  • Figures on screen, Woodbridge Church
  • Screen work, Laxfield, Bramford
  • Specimen of Gothic church windows.
  • Contents, volume 2: [Table of contents]
  • Chart of the Suffolk sea coast
  • Description of the same
  • Burgh Castle and the church
  • Gorleston, Bradwell, Hopton, Lound, Corton, &c. [Gunton]
  • Lowestoft Church
  • Kessingland, Oulton churches
  • Southwold Church
  • Do. the interior
  • Skreen work in do.
  • Walderswick and Northales church ruins
  • Blithburgh Church
  • Do. interior
  • Hazlewood, Aldringham & Thorp church ruins
  • Dunwich gateway to the Greyfriars Hospital
  • Aldeburgh Church and plan of the town
  • Leiston Abbey church ruins
  • Orford Castle
  • Orford Church and chapel remains
  • Butley Abbey gateway or portal
  • Butley Abbey remains
  • Old Hall Felixtow and Walton Priory
  • Felixtow Castle
  • Langer Lodge
  • Langer Fort
  • Walton Ferry
  • Churches, Trimley, Walton & Felixtow
  • Churches, Boyton, Hollesly, Alderton, Baudsey [Ramsholt, Shottisham]
  • Contents, volume 3: Entrances: Portal, Boxford Church
  • Porch, Southwold Church
  • Church & chapel ruins: Hazlewood, Aldringham, Thorpe
  • Mells, Gorlestone, Redlingfield, Chiltno (Clare)
  • Trimley St. Mary
  • Walberswick, Northales, or Cove Hithe
  • Castles: Burgh and church of Burgh St. Peter
  • Framlingham
  • Orford, and chapel
  • Monastic ruins: Bliburgh Priory
  • Abbey church remains, Bury St. Edmonds and Ichnography of the abbey church (3)
  • Butley Priory, gateway (outside & inside fronts)
  • Do. arms of benefactors on the portal or entrance
  • Do. MS. descriptive of arms
  • Do. remains (2)
  • Dunwich, gateway to the House of Grey Friars, &c.
  • Grey Friars, Ipswich, & abbey wall, Bury St. Edmunds
  • Leiston Priory, remains, & plan
  • Do. & old chapel
  • Monuments: Chelsworth
  • Dennington, monument of Lord Bardolph
  • Wingfield Church, monument of Michael Delapole ...
  • Rendlesham
  • Fonts: Chelsworth, Thwait, Friston, Naughton, Brockley, Cratfield
  • Do. compartments
  • Letheringham
  • Snape, Gt. Glemham
  • Southwold
  • Wickham Market, Bradfield Combust, Parham
  • Church doors & windows: Benhall, Wantisden, Rushmere, Nedging, Tuddenham, Butley
  • Chelsworth, Helmingham, Othey, Wickham Mkt.
  • Kelsate, Sternfield, Friston
  • Drinkstone, Little Wratting, Chilton
  • Sproughton, Wickham Market, Bungay, Elvedon, Coombs, Mildenhall, Stansfield, Stratford St. Mary, Tuddenham by Mildenhall
  • Bromeswell, doorway on south side
  • Sundries: Aldeburgh Church, plan of the town in 1590, plan of the town in 1822
  • Dunwich, plan of the towne 1590
  • Do. All Saints Church
  • Churches, Bradwell, Corton, Gorleston, Gunton, Lound, Blundeston
  • Do. Kessingland, Oulton
  • Do. Lowestoft
  • Do. Somerleyton, Fritton, Hopton, Belton, Herringfleet, Ashbye
  • Do. Southwold, & map of the town
  • Do. interior
  • Do. screen work
  • Do. antient seat in the chancel, & monument in the south aisle, s. wall
  • Parham Hall
  • Felixtow Old Hall, east view
  • Walton Priory.

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