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Sneyd, Ralph

Drawings for Castle Rackrent.

Physical Description:
14 drawings : watercolor ; 29 x 20 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PR4644 .C37 1815+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Drawings & Watercolors
Ralph Sneyd (1753-1808), cleric and writer, was born at Norton, near Stone. He was ordained in 1777, and was later Rector of Jevington (1781-1808) and Vicar of Rye (1781-1808). He was the author of A letter to Dr. Toulmin, M.D. relative to his book on the antiquity of the world (1783) and Liberty and equality, treated of in a short history addressed from a poor man to his equals (1792). Sneyd appears to have been related to the novelist Maria Edgeworth by way of Edgeworth's stepmother, Honora Sneyd. Edgeworth's novel, Castle Rackrent, first published in 1800, chronicles the mismanagement of the Rackrent estate by its Anglo-Irish landlords.
The drawings are executed on paper with a watermark date of 1806.
Bound in later gilt-stamped green morocco; signed: Morrell, binder.
Fourteen watercolor drawings by Ralph Sneyd, circa 1806, depicting character's from Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent. The watercolors are bound in: Castle Rackrent : an Hibernian Tale, taken from facts, and from the manners of the Irish Squires, before the year 1782 ... a new edition (London: Printed for R. Hunter, 1815). All of the drawings are executed in watercolor over graphite, on sheets of uniform size (29 x 20 cm), which have been affixed to blank leaves in the present volume. All but one of the drawings are captioned, and some include a brief excerpt of text from the novel. The caricatures demonstrate fair skill and considerable humor. They are executed much in the style of Henry William Bunbury.
Subject Terms:
Edgeworth, Maria, 1767-1849. Castle Rackrent.
Sneyd, Ralph.
Extra-illustrated copies (Provenance)

  • Thady Quirk
  • Sir Tallyhoo Rackrent
  • The great Sir Patrick O'Shaughlin
  • Sir Murtagh Rackrent & his lady
  • Sir Kit Rackrent and his lady
  • Young Sir Condy
  • Captain Moneygawl of Mount Juliet's town
  • Sir Condy Rackrent and his lady
  • The Gossoon
  • [Mrs. Jane]
  • Thady's "Shister"
  • Judy McQuirk
  • Jason Quirk
  • The Gauger.

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