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Paper peepshow - Sea View

Sea View

  • Object:

    Paper peepshow

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Callcott, Maria, born 1785 - died 1842 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper, painted, cotton, sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from the collections of Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2016.

  • Museum number:

    Gestetner 229

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

This hand-painted paper peepshow of a beach scene with fishermen and women has been attributed to Maria Graham (later Lady Calcott) because of its similarity with another paper peepshow in the collection. The other peepshow, entitled View of L'Angostura de Paine in Chile (Gestetner 228), is based on a print which illustrated Graham's Journal of a residence in Chile during the year 1822; and a voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 (London: Longman & John Murray, 1824).
On the beach are women and men with baskets, a dog and a donkey. Sail boats and fishermen occupy the mid-ground, against a seascape with a castle that resembles St. Micheal's Mount. On the back of the peepshow is a hand written title: 'Sea View'.
For more details on Maria Graham, see our blog post.

Physical description

Hand-painted, watercolour, paper peepshow with three cut-out panels. This accordion-folding peepshow expands to approximately 52 cm.
Peepshow of beach scene with fishermen and women.
Front panel: a cave mouth with cut out peephole.
Panel 1: beach scene with three women, baskets and a donkey.
Panel 2: a woman and two men seated on the rocks and a rowing boat.
Panel 3: a man with a horse and cart, a woman and a dog and two men on a sailing boat.
Back panel: seascape with a castle that resembles St. Micheal's Mount. Hand written on the back 'Sea View'.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca.1835 (made)


Callcott, Maria, born 1785 - died 1842 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

paper, painted, cotton, sewn


Height: 15 cm Front panel, Width: 20.5 cm Front panel, Depth: 52 cm Expanded peepshow

Object history note

Attributed to Maria Graham, later Lady Callcott.
Part of the Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection, collected over 30 years and given to the V&A Museum through the government's Cultural Gift Scheme, 2016.
There is another paper peepshow attributed to Maria Graham within the collection, 'View from L'Angostura de Paine in Chile', ca. 1835 (Gestetner 228).

Descriptive line

Accordion-folding peepshow of beach scene with fishermen and women.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R. Hyde, Paper Peepshows. The Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection (Woodbridge: The Antique Collectors' Club, 2015), cat. 229.
Entry on the National Art Library library catalogue.


Paper; Cotton


Watercolour; Sewn


National Art Library; Optical toys; Paper Peepshow

Production Type



National Art Library

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