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414069
  • Title
    The Drawings of Edward Charles Close Esqre H.M. 48th Reg.t
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXE 868
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    c. 1820
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    414069
  • Physical Description
    Albums - Drawings 23 x 33 cm or less; album 37.8 x 32.5 x 4 cm - Album digitised Dec. 2001. Drawings removed from the original album and separately mounted and rebound June 2003. The original album and pages are filed separately. - 1 early twentieth century album, containing 37 watercolour and pencil drawings. Album is covered by a crudely sewn buckram cloth, and is boxed in
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Edward Charles Close, who arrived in NSW in 1817 with the 48th Regiment, was transferred to Newcastle in the early 1820s to supervise engineering works there. He resigned from the army in late 1822 to settle on his land grant, Illulaung, near Morpeth where he lived till his death in 1866 -- Reference:
    Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol.1.
  • Scope and Content
    1. L'Amabilite -- sepia wash drawing, probably copy of a print; 33.7 x 23.7 cm
    2. [The Escoriel (Spain) -- watercolour; 15 x 20.7 cm - removed from collection and returned to vendor]
    3. Spain -- watercolour -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.2 cm
    4. [Untitled - couple by waterfall] -- watercolour; 19.2 x 14.4 cm
    5. Spanish peasants - sketched from a Battle field -- watercolour; 16.6 x 20.6 cm
    6. Aquaduct Kuabosa -- watercolour; 21.3 x 14.6 cm
    7. Church of Boideris on the Adour -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.3 cm
    8a. [Untitled landscape] -- watercolour; 12.2 x 18.9 cm 8b. Limmerick Ireland -- watercolour; 9.2 x 11.9 cm
    9. Castle and part of College of Maynooth -- watercolour; 14. X 21.2 cm
    10. Sketched when still hunting in Ireland [peasant thatched hovel with family] -- watercolour; 18.5 x 25.3 cm
    11. Oxford -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.3 cm
    12. Sussex [ couple on horse & cart] -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.2 cm
    13. Mount Edgecombe (Plymouth) -- watercolour; 14.4 x 21.2 cm
    14. Sketched at school [old man] -- pencil & watercolour; 28.3 x 23.3 cm
    15. "The Corsairs House" (Fancy) -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.3 cm
    16. "Fancy" [ruins] -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.2 cm
    17. "Fancy" [ruins] -- watercolour; 25 x 32 cm
    18. "Fancy" [seascape] -- watercolour; 24.5 x 31.4 cm
    19. [Untitled - children by farm gate] -- watercolour; 19.5 x 26.5cm. Inscribed lower left This was done by me.
    20. Warra Done for a Five Island black who had just lost his tooth - and wore different skins on his arms - indicative of being in a marriageable state -- watercolour; 19.3 x 16.8 cm
    21. [Aborigines climbing trees] -- watercolour; 25. x 19.3 cm
    22. Pittwater (Broken Bay) N.S.W. -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.3 cm
    23. The Five Islands -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.2 cm
    24. Tom Thumb's Lagoon -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.2 cm
    25. [unidentified river landscape] -- watercolour; 14.5 x 21.2 cm
    26. Newcastle -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.3 cm
    27. Lake Macquarie -- watercolour; 23.3 x 33.2 cm
    28. Lake Macquarie -- watercolour; 23.5 x 33.2 cm
    29. [untitled Lake Macquarie?] -- watercolour; 14.6 x 21.2 cm
    30a. Dr Harris (30b). Dr Harris ? company (30c.) Mr Brotheridge 48 Regt (30d) Ensign Anggerston [?] 48th Regt (30e) Lt. Weston 48th Regt. -- pencil drawings on card; each approx 11 x 7 cm
    31. The Wiping of Major Taylor's (48 Reg.t) paintbrush [male religious head] -- wash drawing; 17.6 x 13.2 cm
    32. [Loose watercolour drawing] -- watercolour; 22.6 x 18.5 cm
  • Source
    Purchased from a Close family descendant, Nov 2001
  • General note

    It is likely that this album was compiled and arranged in the early twentieth century. The album itself is of early twentieth century construction. It is possible that the contents of an earlier album was put into this album by Marrianne Treherne when she gave it to Dorothy Close in 1919.
    The two watercolours of Lake Macquarie - no.s 27 and 28 - appear to be by a different hand.
    The wash drawing of the head of male religious figure - no. 31 - is by James Taylor.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 852861
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Titled from old label on spine of box
    Inscribed on front end paper "Dorothy Campbell Close / From her cousin[?] & godmother / 1919 Marianne Treherne"
    Pasted onto front endpaper is a label "The Paintings and sketches of / Edward Charles Close Esqre H.M. 48th Reg.t / His gift to his only daughter Marrianne Collison Close / Morpeth February 17th 1844"
    Most drawings are titled, but possibly these have been transcribed from old mounts, when this album was assembled in the early twentieth century
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