Furness, Amelia Glanville [later Mrs. Ellis]. Sketch Book.
Clifton, 1860’s to 1880’s.
Oblong 8vo. 9” x 5”. Bound in pale green cloth, rubbed and scuffed to extremities, with some discolouration and fading, nevertheless strong and solid. Ink ownership to front pastedown procaliminf it the property of Amelia Glanville Furness of 29 Caledonia Place, Clifton (and presumably, Switzerland, after she became Mrs. Ellis). 45pp. 29 completed or nearly completed sketches in pencil, with a handful in watercolour, several blank pages and small snippets of subject matter, predominantly landscapes and character sketches. The landscapes are pretty, with a fine attention to detail, and the character sketches, whether depicting the faces of Brighton Beach in the 1870’s, or the the passengers of a ship during a rough crossing have a rather Cruickshank eye for the comic and the ridiculous. A thoroughly charming everyday sketchbook of a clearly young and well travelled Victorian lady.