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Pease, Jane Gurney, 1827-1894



Jane Gurney Pease (1827-1894): Daughter of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). In 1851, toured the European continent with her family, a trip that inspired many sketches and watercolors. One of Katherine Pease Routledge’s “interfering aunts” (Van Tilberg, 13) who lived at Southend, the Darlington home of Joseph Pease. Eccentric and a spiritual visionary. According to Jo Anne Van Tilburg, family history had it that Jane had fallen in love while staying with her family at the Pease summer home, Cliffe House, in Marske-by-the-Sea. Jane’s beau was supposed to become the Church of England’s archdeacon of Cleveland, and her father, Joseph, refused to allow her to marry a non-Quaker (the prohibition against marrying outside of the Quaker faith would not be relaxed until the mid-nineteenth century). Jane submitted to her father’s judgment and ultimately never married. Jane died on April 5, 1894 in Torquay. Her funeral was held in Darlington.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Juvenile Compositions, 1843-1846

 Item — 3: Series 2, Folder: 25
Call Number: MSS 6, Series II
Scope and Contents: This schoolbook is the joint project of four Pease sisters: Emma, Jane, Rachel, and Elizabeth. It contains various essays on topics such as who the best king of England was, and about the different seasons. All writing is in pen and black ink; a couple graphite sketches accompany one or two essays. Within the schoolbook, there are some creative compositions, including poems and “A Letter supposed to be written by the page of an English nobleman during the crusades to his sister at home,...
Dates: 1843-1846

Pease family collection of sketchbooks and exercise books

Call Number: MSS 6

The collection comprises sketchbooks and exercise books belonging to the Pease family of Durham and Yorkshire Counties, England. The Peases were part of an important network of Quaker industrialists in the northeast of England, and established the nation's first railroad in 1825. Items in the collection date from the early nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Dates: 1814-1909

School drawing book, circa 1840?

 Item — 2: Series 1, Folder: 9
Call Number: MSS 6, Series I
Scope and Contents:

Contains varied drawings in graphite and watercolor. They are generally skillful drawings, with graphite landscapes and watercolor botanical studies. Most of the landscapes depict rural and/or possibly local scenery, with one of them labeled “Darlington.” Many of the drawings and paintings here mirror those in her sister Emma’s sketchbook of the same period (Box 1, Folder 2).

Dates: circa 1840?

Sketchbook: Switzerland and Cornwall, 1851-1852

 Item — 2: Series 1, Folder: 11
Call Number: MSS 6, Series I
Scope and Contents: Contains graphite and watercolor drawings from a family trip to Switzerland in 1851 and a second trip to Cornwall in 1852. As is typical of Jane’s work, the sketches are all landscapes of one kind or another, showing mountains, lakes, notable architectural features like Chillon Castle in Switzerland, and scenes from villages. In addition to the drawings made in Switzerland, the pieces from the trip to Cornwall consist of seascapes and landscapes. In particular, Jane includes a sketch of...
Dates: 1851-1852

Sketches: Yorkshire, 1849-1850

 Item — 2: Series 1, Folder: 10
Call Number: MSS 6, Series I
Scope and Contents:

Contains six graphite sketches of scenes in North Yorkshire. The sketches are rough, and lack detail. Labeled drawings include: Skinningrove, Mulgrave Castle, Guisborough Abbey, and Easby Abbey.

Dates: 1849-1850

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Archival Object 4
Collection 1
Sketchbooks 4
Botanical illustrations 2
Exercise books 2
Switzerland -- Pictorial works 2
Travel sketches -- Switzerland 2