Two Purpose-made Sketch Books For The Artist Henry Moses.
ORIGINAL SKETCH BOOKS OF HENRY MOSES
1840 and 1843-44.
Each sketchbook contained around 50 blank leaves, most of which have been used by moses on his travels. one is entirely devoted to folkestone and sandgate. the other contains views of churches in and around east kent.
Two albums, half Morocco over marbled paper with leather label to the upper board, each lettered "Sketches by Henry Moses". 10 inches by 7.5 inches
Henry Moses, 1782-1870, was highly regarded as a draughtsman and engraver and was known for, among many other works, several series of views of shipping, and a few coastal views. It is not clear how his marine interest developed but he used outline engraving to great effect in capturing maritime life and activities in his Sketches of Shipping (1824), where accurately drawn ships are set in suitable port landscapes. Similarly his Picturesque Views of Ramsgate (1817) includes busily populated images of ships in harbour.
The drawings are beautifully executed and highly detailed - the wash achieving great depth, crispness, clarity and accuracy providing the only reliable record we have of this pre-photographic era.
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