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  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sands, John, born 1826 - died 1900 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Annie Cockerell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 95, shelf E, box 19

Physical description

Drawing of a drummer and a bagpiper. One of 102 sheets mounted in a volume, bound in brown cloth, with the front cover embossed and with the book-plate of Charles Keene inside the back cover. The volume contains humorous drawings, figure, portrait, landscape and seascape sketches and etchings.

Place of Origin

Scotland (made)


late 19th century (made)


Sands, John, born 1826 - died 1900 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Some drawings cut from signed and dated letters. The etchings mainly signed with the artist's emblem.


Height: 29.5 cm volume, Width: 22.9 cm volume

Object history note

Sands, a minor Scottish poet, wrote and illustrated Out of this World; or Life in St. Kilda, Edinburgh [1876]; his King James’ Wedding and other Rhymes, Arbroath, 1888, was illustrated by Keene and other artists. He first met Keene in 1852 and many of the sketches in this album refer to Keene’s visits to him in Scotland in 1869, 1871 and again in the early 1870s, and to their mutual interest in the bagpipes. Like others of Keene’s fiends, Sands sent him suggestions for humorous drawings. His recollections of Keene are quoted by G.S. Layard on pp.123-128 of The Life and Letters of Charles Samuel Keene, London, 1892. The album came into the possession of the donor’s family through Mary Ann Smith, Keene’s servant. The items in this volume were all collected by Charles Keene.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by John Sands of a drummer and a bagpiper, late 19th century. One of 102 sheets bound in a volume containing humorous drawings, figure, portrait, landscape and seascape sketches and etchings, all apparently by Sands.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.





Subjects depicted

Bagpiper; Drummer


Drawings; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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