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.