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Henry Duncan Grant watercolor sketchbooks and scrapbooks

Call Number: GEN MSS 611

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of watercolor sketchbooks and scrapbooks created and compiled by Henry Duncan Grant while he traveled in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia as an officer in the Royal Navy, 1866-1896, and with his family. Grant travelled extensively throughout his career. The geographic focus of his work seems to follow a few broad patterns. Most of his images made before 1889 depict European scenes, a trip to India in 1871-1873, and Greece and the Near East. His work from 1889 through 1891 includes extensive images of the Americas, including the Canadian and United States West. Much of his work after 1891 concerns England, Egypt, and the Caribbean. Duncan painted seashores, harbors, buildings, cemeteries, landscapes, animals, plants, and copies of other artwork. The scrapbooks contain watercolors as well as family photographs and clippings from The Naval and Military Record and from London newspapers about naval vessels and military topics.


  • 1866-1900


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henry Duncan Grant Watercolor Sketchbooks and Scrapbooks is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the William Reese Company on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2008.


Organized into two series: I. Watercolor Sketchbooks, 1866-1896. II. Scrapbooks, 1871-1900.


2.67 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Watercolor sketchbooks created and scrapbooks chiefly compiled by Henry Duncan Grant that document his world travel as an officer in the Royal Navy, 1866-1896 and his family until 1900.

Henry Duncan Grant (1834-1896)

Henry Duncan Grant served in the Royal Navy from 1847 until his death. Grant rose through the ranks and served on several ships to become an admiral by 1892.

Guide to the Henry Duncan Grant Watercolor Sketchbooks and Scrapbooks
by Matthew D. Mason
September 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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