Pen and ink sketches of William Stewart Watson, whilst on tour in Rome in 1840
Scope and Contents
Contemporary half vellum, marbled boards. Signed Stewart Wilson, Rome 1840, on inner cover, above which is mounted the main section of the title page for the sale catalogue, March 1887, of the 'Collection of Engravings, Prints, Original Drawings, etc., formed by the late James T. Gibson-Craig, Esq., 24 York Place, Edinburgh'. Also pasted in is the section in the sale catalogue noting Wilson's album as Lot 414, and Lots 409-413 being albums by Allan Ramsay, David Allan, Patrick Gibson, John Clerk, and H.W. Williams.
Sketches include topographical and architectural details, studies and copies made from works of art, sculpture, and armour, character studies from life, and also drawings of interior groupings of figures. Watson may well have used these when composing his historical paintings.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Pen and ink sketches of William Stewart Watson (1800-1870), whilst on tour in Rome in 1840