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

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Scene at a crossroads with a horse and carriage bolting, a stagecoach approaching in bacgkround

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Object ID PAI4320
Description A comic, if painful, endpiece to an album of drawings and watercolours (PAI4289). It depicts the aftermath of an accident after a horse has bolted, knocking a well-dressed woman (seen from behind) and a man (with a bloody nose, looking out towards the viewer) from their carriage, as a stagecoach approaches over the brow of a nearby hill. Elsewhere, the artist has included several humorous references to the scene - the precise meaning of which are now lost. For example, among the bill posters decorating a signpost is one that reads: '10L REWARD LOST RED CASE'. A small red case lies on the ground by the feet of the carriage driver. Another poster obscures a partially legible sign that subsequently reads 'RIGHT ON' (Presumably from 'Brighton') and '[O]UT OVER', and a discarded letter in the lower left corner begins 'Dear John'. Final page 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 Pen and black ink over pencil, with grey and red wash, on paper
Measurements Sheet: 101 x 150 mm
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