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J.F.W. Herschel

Herschel family

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Object ID PAF6285
Description Signed drawing of John Frederick William Herschel by his daughter Louisa, done from life, probably when Louisa was in her teens (and her father in his 50s or 60s). Louisa was considered by the rest of the family to be their most accomplished artist. This is one of a series of drawings she, alongside her brothers and sisters, would have done as part of her artistic education. The Herschel daughters, and the sons before they went away to school, recieved a very intensive education at home with lessons from their mother, their father, a series of governesses and a number of specialist external tutors. While we do not have records for every year of their childhood, there does exist (in a private collection) Louisa's diary for the year 1844 and from this we can see that in 1844 those children still at home had lessons in drawing with a tutor named Mr de la Cours who came to the house every Monday.
Date made

Artist/Maker Herschel, Margaret Louisa
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials crayon
Measurements Sheet: 478 x 380 mm; Mount: 556 mm x 410 mm
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