A small and attractive purple leather bound scrap album that belonged to Phyllis Hawkins containing gorgeous red outer margined, watermarked paper. The Britannia watermark we believe belonging to Alexander Cowan & Sons paper mills who were one of the largest Scottish paper producers. In the back of the album the original bookseller's label for Henry Alden 35 Corn Market, Oxford. Henry Alden was a printer, bookseller, stationer and music seller at 35 Cornmarket from 1867-1928
Phyllis only part completed her album using several topographical albumen? prints, some loose, some fixed to the paper. We are not ephemera or photographic experts but will describe the majority of the contents to the best of our knowledge. The album contents include
Loose image number 2272 - Lynmouth, clearly identified by ourselves as Lynmouth (ship Nautilus of Lynmouth, Port of Barnstaple in harbour) Image size : approx 15.2 cm by 11 cm
Loose image - with the 'frith series' stamp, pencil script to the reverse 'Porlock Weir' 6098. size; 9.9 cm by 8.6 cm
Loose image - number 2262 - clearly identified by ourselves as Lynmouth Size 15.2 cm by 11 cm
There is a loose photographic image 499 (unsure of location), 'frith series' image 1450 Glaisdale, three other loose photographic images with no identifying numbers or script to their reverse. Five photographic images that are attached to the paper pages, none have identifying numbers or titles, possibly Gordale Scar, Yorkshire with Victorian gents in Stove Pipe hats!!
The remaining images are photographic? prints of famous paintings/ engravings etc. Several of these are by B Brooks, Oxford with the B Brooks, Oxford BB, Trademark Copyrright blind stamp. Including a photographic image of the Grace Darling painting by Horatio McCulloch, the words Brooks 1868 seen to the base of the lifeboat , a John Everett Millais painting The Hugenot and The Black Brunswicker, plus another image of a 19th century painting with a different B Brooks embossed signature, dated 1857. Plus other similar unstamped figural images.
Also a pen and ink Album frontis piece.
Size: 8" by 6.5"
Condition: The leather spine faded and scuffed but sound and strong. Many blank pages perfect for many uses.
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