Catalogue of the sketch-books of Henry Wallis, 1869-1910

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2003

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Sketch-books of Henry Wallis, 1869-1910

Abstract:
Twenty-one sketch-books of Henry Wallis, 1869-1910

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3552-8, e. 3414-27

Extent: 21 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Henry Wallis (1830-1916) was an artist, ceramics expert and collector. He achieved acclaim as a painter with the exhibition of his portrait 'The Death of Chatterton' at the Royal Academy in 1856, and followed up his success with 'The Stonebreaker', which was exhibited in 1858. Although he continued to paint and exhibit, he became increasingly interested in archaeology and ceramics. He travelled extensively and became an authority on Persian, Egyptian, Greek and Byzantine ceramics. He wrote and illustrated twenty volumes on ceramics during the period 1885-1899. For further details see Dictionary of National Biography and Timothy Wilson's article, 'A Victorian artist as ceramic collector: the letters of Henry Wallis', parts 1-2, Journal of the History of Collections, 14, no.1 (2002) pp.139-159 and no.2 (2002) pp.231-269.

Scope and Content

The sketch-books mostly contain sketches in pencil, with some sketches in black crayon, charcoal, chalk, pen-and-ink and watercolours. The sketches depict Italian paintings, Egyptian and Italian artefacts, architectural details from buildings, towns, landscapes, figures and animals. Many of the landscapes and street scenes are Egyptian and Italian.

Custodial History

Provenance as given by Campbell-Wilson (art dealers): Harold Wallis (1859-1933), son; Mary Wallis (died 1964), daughter-in-law; Vera Langley (1910-1988), cousin and then by direct descent.

Acquisition

Bought, Campbell-Wilson (art dealers), 24 Mar. 2003.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3552, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

See catalogue of the papers of Henry Wallis and his son, Harold Wallis, 1846-1952 .

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Wallis | Henry | 1830-1916 | painter

Place names (NCA Rules)

Egypt
Italy

Subjects (LCSH)

Drawing, English

Descriptive List


Sketch-book containing pencil sketches and (fol. 6) pen-and-ink sketch of paintings, figures, towns and landscapes, with (fols. 1-2, 50-1) some names and addresses, 1869
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3414
Extent: 51 leaves, 17-45 blank
Binding: Blind-ruled dark red morocco, with clasp and silver-point pencil in side loop; printed ticket inside front pastedown, 'Kerby & Son, 190, Oxford Street'; printed label inside front pastedown, 'Henry Penny's Patent Improved Metallic Books...'

Sketch-book containing pencil, charcoal and white chalk sketches of English and Scottish landscapes (some identified), and some female nudes, 1870-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3552
Extent: 30 leaves
Binding: Quarter black calf, black cloth boards, with loop for pencil and cloth fastening
Separated Material:

Four loose charcoal and white chalk sketches of trees, removed from this volume, are MS. Eng. c. 7065, fols. 36-9.



Note-book containing sketches and diary entries, made during several visits to Italy, inscribed (fol. 1), 'Henry Wallis. 10a Adelphi Terrace, London. W.C. 30, March. 1870', but later crossed through and two subsequent addresses added, 1870-84
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3415
Extent: 186 leaves, 38-129 blank
Binding: Blind-ruled dark red calf, marbled endpapers, printed ticket on end pastedown, 'J. Matthews Drew, Stationer, &c. 38, High Holborn, London'

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 2-33) pencil sketches of paintings, sculptures, architectural details and some landscapes, with brief descriptive notes
  • (fol. 34) description of the Academy at Pisa
  • (fols. 35-7) description of the paintings at Monte Oliveto, 1884
  • (fols. 184-171v rev.) diary of a visit to Italy, 31 Mar.-2 May 1870
  • (fols. 171r-170 rev.) notes on the location of Luca Signorelli's paintings, from Crowe and Cavalcaselle
  • (fols. 167-139 rev.) diary of a visit to Italy, with (fols. 157r, 158v) pencil sketches, 11 Apr.-9 May 1874
  • (fols. 138-130 rev.) diary of a visit to Italy, with (fols. 137r, 133r) pencil sketches, 30 Mar.-1 May 1884

Sketch-book, inscribed inside upper board, 'H. Wallis. 19:8.74', containing pencil sketches of figures in French 18th-cent. costume, landscapes, rural scenes and animals, and (fols. 54v, 58v) two landscapes in pencil and coloured chalks, 1874-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3416
Extent: 70 leaves, 16-49 blank
Binding: Beige cloth boards, with loop for pencil
Separated Material:

Six loose watercolours of figures in 18th-cent. costume, removed from this volume, are MS. Eng. 7065, fols. 40-5.



Sketch-book, inscribed (fol. 1), 'Henry Wallis 1877', containing pencil sketches of Bruges and of rural landscapes
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3417
Extent: 76 leaves, 42-64 blank
Binding: Blind-ruled and -stamped dark red calf, with loop for pencil and pocket inside lower board

Scope and Content:

Comprises pencil sketches of

  • (fols. 3-10) English landscapes, mostly identified
  • (fols. 11-41) Bruges and paintings in the D'Arenberg gallery, Brussels
  • (fols. 72-65 rev.) rural landscapes, unidentified

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches of Delft and Schevering, and other unidentified sketches of architectural details, interiors, figures and paintings, with (fol. 11), a watercolour of Delft, 1879
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3553
Extent: 29 leaves
Binding: Gilt-stamped quarter black calf, blue cloth boards, with loop for pencil

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches of artefacts (with written descriptions), and of Egypt, 1886
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3418
Extent: 40 leaves, 23-40 blank
Binding: Black cloth boards

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches of Egypt, 1887
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3554
Extent: 53 leaves, 22-48 blank
Binding: Beige cloth boards, with loop for pencil and cloth fastening

Sketch-book containing sketches in pencil, black crayon, white chalk, watercolours and gouache, of museum artefacts (with written descriptions), and of landscapes in Egypt and Italy, 1887-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3419
Extent: 52 leaves
Binding: Beige cloth boards, with loop for pencil and cloth fastening

Sketch-book containing pencil sketches of pottery and artefacts (with written descriptions), and of landscapes in Egypt and Italy, 1890-2
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3420
Extent: 82 leaves, 13-69 blank
Binding: Dark red calf, cloth fastening, patterned endpapers

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches and (fols. 3, 6-9, 12, 19) watercolours of artefacts, buildings, interiors, ancient ruins and landscapes in Egypt and Italy, 1891-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3555
Extent: 47 leaves
Binding: Beige cloth boards, with loop for pencil and cloth fastening

Sketch-book containing pencil sketches of artefacts (with written descriptions), and buildings in Italy and possibly in Egypt, 1894-1904
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3421
Extent: 50 leaves, 12-39 blank
Binding: Blind-ruled beige cloth boards, with loop for pencil

Sketch-book containing pencil sketches of artefacts (with written descriptions), and street scenes and landscapes in Egypt and Italy, and (fol. 34v) charcoal and white chalk sketch of a figure, 1900-1
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3422
Extent: 38 leaves
Binding: Brown cloth boards, decorative stamp, 'Album' on front of upper board; stamped on end pastedown, 'Egisto Sborgi Cartoleria Artistica Fotografie Via Cerretani 8, Firenze'

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches, and (fol. 41v) pen-and-ink sketch, of artefacts (with written descriptions), architectural details and Italian landscapes, 1902-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3423
Extent: 42 leaves
Binding: Beige cloth boards, with cloth fastening, printed label on front pastedown, 'No. 3. Sketch Book Of Artists' Cartridge Paper. Reeves & Sons, Ltd. London'
Separated Material:

A loose pencil sketch of artefacts in Padua 1906, removed from this volume, is MS. Eng. 7065, fol. 46.



Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches of artefacts, with written notes, made during a visit to Italy, 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3556
Extent: 39 leaves, 14-34 blank
Binding: Brown cloth over cardboard, patterned endpapers, printed label on front pastedown, 'C. Tamburmi Milano Piazza Mentana 3 Cartoleria Tipografia Litografia Fab. Registri'

Sketch-book containing pencil and black crayon sketches of paintings, artefacts, figures and landscapes, with notes on paintings, exhibitions and art books, and names and addresses, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3424
Extent: 68 leaves
Binding: Blind-ruled dark red morocco with brass clasp, loop for pencil, pocket at end and marbled endpapers

Sketch-book containing sketches in pencil, black crayon, charcoal, white chalk, red chalk and pen-and-ink, depicting figures and paintings, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3425
Extent: 27 leaves
Binding: Quarter black calf, green cloth boards, with loop for pencil

Sketch-book containing sketches in pencil, black crayon, charcoal, coloured chalk, pen-and-ink, watercolours and gouache, depicting figures, animals, trees and plants, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3426
Extent: 36 leaves
Binding: Blind-stamped quarter black calf, brown cloth boards, with loop for pencil
Separated Material:

Three loose pencil sketches of trees, removed from this volume, are MS. Eng. c. 7065, fols. 47-9.



Sketch-book containing pencil sketches and watercolours of plants and paintings, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3557
Extent: 30 leaves, 8-26 blank
Binding: Brown paper wrappers, printed label inside end wrapper, 'Sold by G. Cannon, Great Marlow'

Sketch-book containing sketches in pencil and black crayon, depicting figures and buildings, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3558
Extent: 7 leaves
Binding: Gilt-ruled half black calf, brown cloth boards, with loop for pencil
Separated Material:

Loose sketches of figures in pencil and white chalk, removed from this volume, are MS. Eng. 7065, fols. 50-63.



Sketch-book, blank except for short list on fol.1, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3427
Extent: 42 leaves
Binding: Blind-stamped tan calf, with brass clasp, printed ticket on end pastedown, 'Rowsells 31, Cheapside'

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