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Late 19th Century Charcoal Drawing - Sailor Boy



A strikingly detailed charcoal drawing depicting a sailor boy standing on the crow's nest of a ship. He is confident in his environment, nonchalantly holding a rope and resting a foot. Presented in a thin black wooden frame. Inscribed 'Adamson, Rothesay N.B.' in graphite to the lower-right edge. Rothesay is a town located in North Bute, Scotland. The inscription relates to John Adamson and Son, Rothesay, a Scottish photography company who are best known for their ship portraits dating to the 1880s as well as their cartes de visite and cabinet cards. Records indicate that the company was operating from c.1873 to c.1889. The drawing was likely copied from a photographic cabinet card. Many cabinet cards were produced in their heyday of the 1880s which depicted children in nautical dress and settings. On wove.


There are some horizontal streaks of discolouration, some slight debris trapped beneath the glazing, and some marks to the upper-right corner. There are some mild scuffs to the frame.


77.8 x 50.2cm (30.6" x 19.8")
Framed Size: 81.4 x 54cm (32" x 21.3")

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Code qz466
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 77.8 x 50.2cm
Medium Charcoal
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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