of watercolours and pencil drawings including roses and tulips, birds, insects, 12 architectural scale drawings, and two ‘Chinese’ drawings.

England, mid-eighteenth century?

Oblong large 8vo, ff. [51], plus blanks; with sketches in pencil, and more elaborate drawings in red, green and yellow, with occasional touches in blue or purple; on Dutch laid paper watermarked LV Gerrevink (cf. Churchill 1935, the mill active 1690 to 1819); in very good condition, in the original reversed calf, panelled in blind, joints and edges worn.

£2250

Approximately:
US $2824€2633

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of watercolours and pencil drawings including roses and tulips, birds, insects, 12 architectural scale drawings, and two ‘Chinese’ drawings.

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An attractive sketchbook, seemingly the work of an unidentified architect or decorative artist.

The architectural drawings, in pencil with scale measurements in pen, are of several pavilions in a neoclassical style, some with pyramidal roofs, linked by a curved wall. The largest pavilion has a courtyard, and there are elevations of all four internal facades, which feature a staircase running up two sides.

Other contents include eleven watercolour flower-pieces of roses and fringed tulips, several leaves of smaller flower studies, and large watercolours of a parrot, an owl, and a cabbage leaf with insects. One of two drawings executed in imitation of Chinese export art features an ornate marble plinth with a base reminiscent of coral – a pencil sketch featuring the plinth alone suggests it may have had a physical model. Further pencil sketches include a figure study and a landscape with a windmill.

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