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Brookes, Warwick
Photographs from original sketches by Warwick Brookes.
Manchester?, [1868?]
Physical Description:
31 photographs : albumen prints ; 22 x 14 cm or smaller, on mounts 37 x 27 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2017 28
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
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Visual Materials
The portfolio is mentioned in the Manchester Guardian, April 1, 1871: “... We have repeatedly alluded with great pleasure to the beautiful drawings in pencil and pen and ink by Mr. Warwick Brookes of this city, of single figures and groups of children. They have been seen at various local exhibitions. Recently Mr. Gladstone saw some of these drawings at the residence of Sir Walter James, and borrowed them to show to the Princess Louise. The Princess, who is known to be an accomplished amateur artist, showed them to the Queen, who expressed a desire to purchase some of Mr. Brookes's drawings. Her Majesty has selected four, and characterized them as 'really charming'. ... Portfolios of photographs from his sketches have also been purchased for The Royal Academy and for The South Kensington Museum ..."
The portfolio is also mentioned in two letters from Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Warwick Brookes in 1868. In the first, Feb. 21, Rossetti orders the set (for £4) and sends his regrets for Brookes' poor state of health. In the second, Feb. 28, Rossetti thanks Brookes for the "beautiful portfolio of photographs ... The babies in particular seem to me triumphs ..." See: The correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, edited by William E. Fredeman, v. 4, pages 35-36 (letters 68.39 and 68.41).
The photographs may have been executed by James Mudd. See Linkman.
All but one of the sketches are dated: 1856 (1), 1858 (4), 1860 (1), 1861 (5), 1862 (1), 1863 (7), 1864 (7), 1865 (4), undated (1).
Title from front cover of portfolio.
Linkman, A.E. "Warwick Brookes, Warwick Brookes, and Warwick Brookes ..." In Royal Photographic Society Historical Group Quarterly, no. 82 (autumn 1988), page 8
BAC: British Art Center copy in contemporary portfolio of green leather and green cloth. With printed case label ("Artes et scientiae variae"), completed in graphite.
Portfolio of 31 photographs reproducing drawings by Warwick Brookes (1808-1882), principally depicting children as single figures or in groups. Each photograph is mounted on card, without text. The drawings reproduced were executed in graphite or in pen and ink. Some of the drawings also served as the basis for illustrations in: Warwick Brookes' pencil-pictures of child life / with biographical reminiscences by T. Letherbrow ; twenty-four engravings from pictures by Warwick Brookes (Boston : D. Lothrop Company, [1888]).
Subject Terms:
Art -- Reproduction.
Children in art.
Photography of art.
Albumen prints.
Mudd, James, 1821-1906, photographer.

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