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  • Description

    An Examination in Landscape Drawing; four uniformed male figures seated in the grounds of the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, engaged in drawing the scene. 1891
    Pen and ink, with touches of graphite

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  • Date

    • 1891
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 229 millimetres
    • Width: 297 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed 'An Examination in Landscape Drawing. RMA. July 1891'.
  • Curator's comments

    Belgrave was appointed Professor of Landscape Drawing at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) at Woolwich in November 1890, where he continued a tradition of teaching topographical drawing to cadets training for careers as commissioned officers in the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers. Amongst his predecessors was Paul Sandby, who held the position as chief drawing master between 1768 and 1799. Students at the Academy were instructed in mathematics, land-surveying, fortification and engineering, as well as in the use of weapons and field-pieces. Although cadets were not expected to be able to produce maps, it was essential that they were ‘able to convey the lie (or slopes) of land, harbours and fortifications in such a way that commanders could deploy troops and artillery’ (See K. Sloan, ‘A Noble Art’, London 2000 (97)).

    In this drawing the artist has depicted his students - distinctive in their uniform of striped trousers, jacket and cap - engaged in a landscape drawing exam in the grounds of the Academy. Founded in 1741 actually within Woolwich Arsenal, it moved to a new building designed by James Wyatt at the south-west part of Woolwich Common in 1806. The end of one of its crenelated wings can be seen at the left hand side of this drawing, with a view to the perimeter of the site and the rural landscape beyond. The Academy closed in 1939, when it merged with the Royal Military College at Sandhurst to provide officer training for all arms and services.


  • Location

    British Roy PVII

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    19 February 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Lift. Remove debris and adhesive. Stamp. Inlay. Mount.


    Attached to modern mount by a strip of gummed brown paper tape adhered along the centre top of recto. The sheet appears somewhat yellowed with slightly more discoluration across the top few centimetres of the recto.

    Treatment details

    Lifted from mount by slitting hinge with a scalpel. Remains of hinge removed from top edge of recto using a poultice of Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether). Adhesive residue removed using cotton wool lightly moistened with tap water. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed.

    Object strip inlaid into Western paper using strips of Japanese paper adhered with Culminal. Object mounted into a Royal overthrow of 6ply Heritage 100% Cotton Museum Board with a backboard of 4ply Heritage 100% Cotton Museum Board and hinged in using archival gummed cotton paper tape.

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  • Acquisition notes

    This drawing was purchased by Easton from Toovey's Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers, West Sussex (23/02/2010, lot 3073), as part of an album of approximately 77 drawing and prints by Belgrave and others.

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    Prints & Drawings

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