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Charles Robert Leslie sketchbook, circa 1820-1859

 Item — Box: Vol. 1
Call Number: MSS 15, Series I

Scope and Contents

Inscribed at front: "C.R. Leslie. No. 8 Buckingham Place, Fitzroy Sq., London, Jany. 1815." The album includes a mixture of texts and drawings.

Texts include: "Extracts from Grose's Antiquities, continued from my sketch book dated July 9th, 1813"; "Extracts descriptive of the festivities of May Day"; and various notes on Hall, Browne (his Britannius pastorals), Borlose, Brand (his Observations on popular antiquities), Hollar, and Hogarth.

The volume include 15 drawings in graphite and 39 drawings in pen and black ink. Accompanying the extracts from Grose's Antiquities are a number of full-page drawings, in graphite, of men in military costume, along with depictions of various weaponry and armor. The ink drawings primarily depict figures in historical dress. It's possible that some of these are depictions of characters from the stage.


  • circa 1820-1859


Physical Description

1 album (110 pages) ; 21 cm. Bound in contemporary vellum.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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