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Jacob Larwood illustrated notebook on ancient art and architecture

 Item — Box: Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 2016.arts
This notebook/sketchbook, dated April 9, 1862, reads like a handwritten draft for a book. The writing is in ink, with illustrations in both ink and vibrant paint. (Some sketches toward the end of the notebook are solely in pencil.) Topics within this notebook include the History of Ornament, Egyptian style (with sketches from papyrus, buildings, vases, jewelry, objets d'art, and "mummy cases"), Assyrian art (with sketches of motifs), Greek art (also motifs), and Pompeian art. The binding of the notebook is pressed cardboard with sewn-in pages.


  • 1862



1 Files (Housed with Individual manuscripts, Box 2.)


This notebook, with an interior note of "by Jacob Larwood," is marked "London, april 9, 1862" and contains 68 pages of handwritten notes and vibrant illustrations about Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian, and other ancient art and architecture motifs.

Biographical Note

If indication on front inside cover is correct, this notebook is the work of Jacob Larwood, an English author/illustrator (1827-1918), whose other works include The History of Signboards: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1866) and The Story of the London Parks (1872).

Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

The Strong
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