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Ref No IE TCD MS 7225
Title 19th-century sketch book.
Creation Dates 1825-1830; 1835; 1839
Extent And Medium 1 vol ; 193x115mm
Level Of Description Collection
Author Synge, John (1788-1845)
Admin Biographical History Synge, John (1788-1845) grandfather of the playwright John Millington Synge; known as 'Pestalozzi John' from his enthusiasm for the teachings of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827, Swiss educationalist); he is an important figure in the history of the Plymouth Brethen in Ireland; he owned land in Glanmore in Co. Wicklow. He married Isabella daughter of Hugh Hamilton, founder member of the RIA.
Scope And Content Sketch book kept in Devon & Cornwall 1825-1830 and in Wicklow 1835, 1839. Mostly very simple, partially-completed, pencil sketches of seascapes with ships. Titles, taken from original, are written on the page facing the image. Not all details included; some of the sketches are negligable.
Fol 1v (i.e. inside front cover) a note, dated 30 May 1839 of a possible earthquake; fol 2v memo regarding drawing/painting. Also rough sketch of building; fol 3 r Rough sketch of a harbour town labelled 'First attempt'; fol 4 Ships at a harbour wall weith a rowing boat in the foreground; fol 5 r Mount Edgecumbe and the Point from the Rope Walk [Cornwall]; fol 6r Dock Yard Devonport; fol 7 Mount Batten; fol 8 Mount Edgecumbe from Stonehouse; fol 9 Drake's Island ... from the Hoe; fol 10 Camwood; fol 14 Another view in Camwood Slate Quarry; fol 16r Durnford Street; fol 19 View from the Eliza. Stonehouse & Mount Edgecumb; fol 21 Near View of the Britannia from Mount Edgecumb Sep. 23 1826. [ H.M.S. Britannia (1762-1826) served as flagship to Rear-Admiral Lord Northesk, Third-in-Command at Trafalgar and is thought to be the oldest ship engaged in the battle on either side; shipwrecked off Mauritius October 1826]; fol 22 Simple outline shetch of Drake's Island; fol 23 Mt Worlsey [?Mount Wolsley]; fol 25 Lord Y's Yacht, with a steamboat; fol 26 Scene on board the Eliza Sep 1826. a very simple sketch showing four persons and a dog; fol 27 Obelisk Mount Edgecumb. View from Durnford St windows; fol 29 Buckridge [Devon. Synge's house in Teignmouth]; fol 30r from Buckridge windows; fol 32 Teignmouth Bridge 1829 Village of Shaldon; fol 33v Cottage in the Glen [i.e. Wicklow] June 1830; fol 34 Dawlish Church [Teignmouth]; fol 35 Inn near Exmouth ...; fol 36 the trees from the low House. This seems to be signed 'V.B'; fol 37 Teignmouth Shore 1829; fol 39 Untitled sketch of Burkridge House; fol 40 Untitled sketch of Buckridge House; fol 47 a girl pulling a wheeled carriage containing 2 children; fol 48 Front view of Buckridge; fol 50-1 View of Shaldon ...; fol 61 Very basic sketch of St Kevin's Kitchen [Glendalough, Co Wicklow]; fol 61v 'Poor Robinson Crusoe - otherwise Edw[ar]d Synge - left upon an uninhabited rock May 1839'; fol 63 a fully-realised watercoloured sketch of a farmyard set in a wooded, mountainous landscape. Probably Irish, possibly in Wicklow. Probably not by J. Synge; fol 64v Port Elliot [Cornwall]; fol 66v Untitled ruined castle; fol 71 v St Michael's Mount. fol 72v A ship under full sail. Signed 'A.T. 1825'; fol 80 v Three sailing ships with a row boat in the foreground; fol 82 A mill; fol 81v Untitled. Possibly another view of Port Elliot; fol 82 Cottage with boy sketching in foreground; 83 Simple unfinished sketch of one of the buildings included in the painting on fol 63.
Devon (England) -- Description and travel.
Cornwall (England) -- Description and travel.
Phyiscal Description 115x195mm.
Binding Note Brown leather, with metal clasp. A button has been sewn on
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Related Material TCD MSS 6207-11 are Synge's sketchbooks while on his tour to Italy and Spain, and the journal of this tour is TCD MS 6205
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