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Lot 1413 (Fine Art & Antiques, 12th September 2020)

Sold for £620

Lot details

In the manner of Thomas Smythe (1825-1906) – a 19th century sketchbook bound in gilt tooled boards containing 48 pasted-down pen and ink sketches depicting typical Smythe scenes, including depictions of Punch & Judy shows, travellers in East Anglian landscapes, organ grinders performing with their monkey, agricultural workers, Gypsy encampments, horses feeding, door-to-door vendors, fisherfolk etc, mostly numbered to the corners (but not in order), a couple of the sketches more resemble works by brother Edward Robert Smythe, no inscriptions or dates, the gilt edged pages not all used and showing signs of sketch removal, many pages have been cut out, sketches approx. 23 x 20cm, sketchbook 28 x 38cm

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Note: Most of the sketches bear striking resemblances to known Smythe paintings and include many of the same motifs, however nothing further is known about them and the sketchbook was acquired at auction without attribution or provenance.


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