Sketchbook of England
Hammatt Billings (American, 1816 to 1818–1874)
Sheet: 6.5 x 10.5 cm (2 9/16 x 4 1/8 in.); Overall: 7.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 cm (2 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Graphite on paper, fifty sketches. The papers of this "Metallic Memorandum Book" may have been treated so as to retain an image drawn with the accompanying metal pencil--now lost--and not smudge. Similar to a prepared paper for use with metalpoint.
Not On View
Very dark green morocco, with marbled paper liners and silver colored clasp stamped inside: T.I. & J. SMITH / LONDON. Inside front cover: printed calendar marked “Almanack / 1863” and “Patentees and Manufacturers of the Improved / METALLIC MEMORANDUM BOOKS.” Inside back cover (applied to pocket), printed label: TAUNTON/ & SONS. / BOOKSELLERS / 9, STRAND / LONDON / Est. 1756. Contains two printed pages advertising these books and Stamp Act Information (financial). In pencil 1/- (i.e. one shilling = cost of the book). For contents, see Notes.
Inside front and back (cover or flyleaf) in pen and ink: Hammatt Billings / 17 Charlote St., Bedford Sq/London.
Mary Woodman, Cambridge, MA; gift to MFA, July 1920.
Gift of Miss Mary Woodman