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Sir James Thornhill. Copy of 'A Tour Through Parts of Suffolk and Essex'

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Sir James Thornhill. Copy of 'A Tour Through Parts of Suffolk and Essex'
19th century
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. viii + 24.
Large quarto.
Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards. Bookplate, architectural, in Gothic style, of William Stevenson Fitch, fol. ii.
Scope and content
'A Tour Through Parts of Suffolk and Essex by Sir James Thornhill Knt in 1711' (fol. viii). A 19th century copy of part of Thornhill's original journal (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum; ed. by K. Fremantle, see below), up to the start of the voyage to Holland, 7 June 1711. Possibly made for the Suffolk antiquary, William Stevenson Fitch (1793-1859) from John Britton's copy (now BL Add. MS 34788). Text and pen drawings on tracing paper of Ipswich, Harwich, houses, views, etc., laid down within ruled panels. Engraved portrait of Thornhill by Joseph Baker, after J. Highmore (cf. F. O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits, IV (1914), 275), used as a frontispiece, fol. vii. K. Fremantle (ed.), Sir James Thornhill's Sketch-Book Travel Journal of 1711, II (1975), xxiii, gives the provenance of the present MS.
Thornhill, James (1675-1734), Knight, painter and MP
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Archival history
William Stevenson Fitch sale, 29 Nov. 1859, lot 200. Phillipps MS 17479. Phillipps sale, 20 May 1897, lot 758.
Signature of Joseph Sim Earle, FSA who bequeathed it, 1912 (fol. iv).