Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours, Sketchbooks and albums, Reverend Thomas Streatfeild (1777-1848), Caricatures

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Study of a donkey

PAI4295
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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours, Sketchbooks and albums, Reverend Thomas Streatfeild (1777-1848), Caricatures
User collections Cute animals by BirgittaPeippo
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID PAI4295
Description A study of a donkey, from an album of drawings and watercolours (PAI4289) formerly owned, and possibly made, by the renowned antiquarian of Kent and churchman the Rev. Thomas Streatfeild (1777-1848). The album is inscribed on the frontispiece by a later owner, and with a variant spelling: ‘Rev. T. Streatfield / 1777-1848 / Sketchbook of shipboard scenes’. The present album of pencil drawings and watercolours represents a departure from the sobriety of Streatfeild’s activities as a curate and antiquarian. It begins with a few pencil studies: a bridge, trees and animals, but is largely made up of a group of scenes aboard ship, presumably taken from life. The collected vignettes and caricatures offer a humorous glimpse of life on board ship, as passengers find their sea-legs and the crew carry out their duties. Curiously, none of the drawings include any suggestion of a port or coastline, or any other indication of where the ship was sailing from or to. However, it seems likely that the images record the voyage of a packet boat crossing the English Channel or North Sea. The album remained with Streatfeild’s descendants until purchased by the Museum in 1969.
Date made circa 1820

Artist/Maker Streatfeild, Reverend Thomas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials Pencil with brown and grey wash on paper
Measurements Sheet: 45 x 51 mm
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