William Simpson Sketchbook [graphic material]
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1 sketchbook (33 folios): 27 drawings (pen and ink, pencil, watercolour); 13.5 x 20.7 cm. (sheets).
Support 12.800 x 20.700 cm
Secondary support 13.500 x 20.700 cm
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The contents of the sketchbook reveal that the artist kept this sketchbook between August 1855 and November 1857, with the earliest views dated at Grand River, Canada West, and the latest view being done of Belle-Isle on the coast of Labrador, suggesting that the artist may have been on his way back to the United Kingdom. There are views on the St. Lawrence River, of the Beauharnois canal, in the Thousand Islands, and of Brockville and Toronto, but the majority of identified views relate specifically to Hamilton and vicinity, including three views of Burlington, two of Grand River, and one of Tiffany Falls, as well as several clearly identified views of Hamilton, all dated to 1856.
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- Custodial history:
- Acquired from Toronto dealer Don Lake in 1985, who in turn had acquired it from Jeff Towns, a book dealer in Cardiff, Wales, who presumably acquired it from family descendants.
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- Inscribed. Signed. Dated., Inscription: Not transcribed.
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