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Sketchbook bound in paper-covered boards, containing 36 drawings; with studies after portraits, most of which presumably after Kneller; also unidentified men and women. Sitters include: John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, possibly; Henrietta Churchill, Countess Godolphin, possibly; Sir Isaac Newton (after Kneller); Matthew Prior (after Kneller); John Gunning, possibly (after Kneller).
Most sketches pen (or brush drawing) and grey ink with grey wash, usually heightened with white; occasional use of brown ink or wash; a few over red chalk; one sketch in red chalk; on blue-grey paper
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Height: 320 millimetres (covers)
Width: 271 millimetres (covers)
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- The sketchbook comprises 42 bound leaves, of which 36 have sketches, all on the recto.
The identification of one sitter as possibly Henrietta Churchill, Countess Godolphin, was made by Binyon.
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- The provenance of these and other drawings that descended through the Wray family has been modified by research since the publication of ECM 1960. The wills of Edward Byng and his sister Elizabeth show that she inherited a life interest in the artist’s estate and that it was then divided between her sons William Wray, Robert Bateman Wray and Charles Wray. The subsequent descent through the family is not certain, but it seems that the drawings now in the BM descended from Robert Bateman Wray to his great-granddaughter, Margaret Wray, who gave them to Cecil Wray Byng Wilkins.
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