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The Cranstone sketches are a series of 296 sketches, including 16 panoramas, in pen and ink and wash by Lefevre J. Cranstone, depicting a visit to the United States, September 1, 1859-June 1860. Some of the Sketches are in full colors, others tinted. Wheeling, W. Va., Richmond, Ind., Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., Biglers Mill, Va., Williamsburg, Va., and Niagara Falls received most of his attention, but various other places in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Virginia are represented. Each sketch measures approximately 4 inches by 7 inches. They are mounted on thick paper.

Contents: Welsh coast; Entrance to Queenstown harbour; South coast of Ireland; "The Kangaroo" (7 sketches); Halifax, N.S. (4 sketches); Dartmouth, N.S.; "Kangaroo" landing refugees, New York; Wheeling, W. Va. (93 sketches); Parkersburg, Va. (7 sketches); Richmond, Ind. (35 sketches); Cincinnati, Ohio (2 sketches); Covington, Ky. (4 sketches); Newport, Ky. (2 sketches); Washington, D.C. (14 sketches); Richmond, Va. (16 sketches); West Point, Va. (1 sketch); Biglers Mill, Va. (21 sketches); Virginia forest scene (2 sketches); Williamsburg, Va. (15 sketches); Porto Bello, Va. (5 sketches); Harpers Ferry, Va. (8 sketches); Benwood, Va.; Ohio river (2 sketches); St. Clairville road, Ohio (5 sketches); Wellsville, Ohio (4 sketches); Bridgeport, Ohio (2 sketches); Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y. (3 sketches); Niagara Falls, (30 sketches); New York, N.Y.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; On Board "The Vigo" (2 sketches); Off Queenstown (4 panoramic views).

Cranstone exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and at the British Institute, 1845-1867. He is probably also the engraver, Lefevre, who exhibited 17 etchings under the title "Fugitive etchings" in London in 1849. He may have been a sculptor as well.

Some of the sketches have been reproduced in Roscoe Carlyle Buley's The Old Northwest... Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, 1950. (Lilly F484.3 .B94 1950). Some of those depicting Richmond, Indiana, have appeared in The Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram, Richmond, Indiana, 1947.

Collection size: 296 items

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