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Charles Robert Leslie album, 1850

 Item — Box: Vol. 2
Call Number: MSS 15, Series I

Scope and Contents

The spine of the volume bears a paper label inscribed: "Sketches by C.R. Leslie, R.A., selected by G.D.L. [i.e. George Dunlop Leslie] '06."

The album comprises 103 drawings or groups of drawings by Leslie, all on small sheets affixed to blank leaves in the album. These includes 66 drawings in pen and ink (frequently over graphite) and 37 drawings in graphite; 8 of the drawings include some addition of watercolor.

Most drawings are unsigned and without labels. There are a number of quickly drawn studies of men and women in common dress. A series of drawings near the front depict various ensembles of figures dancing; one of these is labeled "Espaja [?] Spy glass." As in the preceding C.R. Leslie sketchbook in this collection, a number of the drawings depict figures in historical costume, especially of the 17th century. Some of these may be depictions of characters from the stage. Titled portraits depict the likes of John Constable, Richard Fanshawe, William Duke of Hamilton, David Leslie, and Catherine of Aragon; most (if not all) of these are copies.


  • 1850


Physical Description

1 album (128 pages) ; 32 cm. Bound in black half morocco and blue cloth.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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

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