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Watercolour - Sutherland Album

Sutherland Album

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Howard, Henry (Mrs) (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Maj. Gen. Granville Egerton, great-grandson of the Duchess of Sutherland

  • Museum number:

    E.1728-1925

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, room 120, case 15

  • Image in copyright

Object Type
This is an album of watercolours, sketches and prints by various artists, accompanied by handwritten copies of poems and extracts from letters. Such albums were often called 'commonplace books', in which one recorded passages to be especially remembered.

People
This album contains works by amateur artists who were related to one other. They include Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland in her own right (her various incarnations through marriage were Lady Gower, Marchioness of Stafford and, finally, Countess-Duchess of Sutherland), and her friend, the amateur artist Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811). The Countess of Sutherland's nieces were Elizabeth Howard, 5th Duchess of Rutland (whose death is commemorated in a poem in the album), and Caroline Howard, Lady Cawdor, who also drew works included here. Other works are by the Countess of Harewood, whose son married a niece of Elizabeth and Caroline Howard, and Lady Caroline Georgiana Howard. There is also a print of their niece, Lady Mary Howard, inscribed 'The Rose of Castle Howard', and a drawing of Castle Howard, the Yorkshire seat of one branch of the Howard family. Even the poetry and extracts reflect family connections, including a poem by Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire, grandmother of the two younger Howard girls.

It is unclear who compiled the album. Clues to its formation might be the front cover, signed 'M Rutland', and the back, which shows Belvoir Castle, the Leicestershire seat of the Earls of Rutland. But authorship apart, this is a wonderfully random collection of works by amateurs united by ties of family and affection.

Physical description

Drawing depicting a humming bird from an album of prints and drawings.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1800-1825 (made)

Artist/maker

Howard, Henry (Mrs) (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drawing

Dimensions

Height: 36.83 cm, Width: 49 cm open

Object history note

Works by various amateur artists, including Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, the 1st Duchess of Sutherland (born in 1765, died in 1839), and Mary Isabella, 4th Duchess of Rutland (died in 1831).

Descriptive line

Drawing depicting a humming bird by Mrs. Henry Howard, from the Sutherland Album. Great Britain, ca. 1800-25.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This album contains watercolours, drawings and poems by aristocratic friends and acquaintances of the 1st Duchess of Sutherland. It shows how amateur artists exchanged their works and collected each other's best efforts. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Birds; Humming

Categories

Drawings; Books

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O1043226
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