Thomas Stothard

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Thomas Stothard
Robinson Crusoe Washed against a Rocky Shore
Pen and brown ink and wash, with white tempera, on paper; ruled margin in pen and brown ink.
Full sheet: 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches (146 x 97 mm); design area: 5 3/16 x 3 3/8 inches (133 x 85 mm)
Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of John D. Barrett.

Signed in margin at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "T. Stothard R. A. del".

Black Sun Books, New York, 1976; Charles Ryskamp, Princeton.

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 301-302.


Watermark: none.
Unused design for pl. 3 of Daniel Defoe, "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner", London: John Stockdale, 1790.
The artist used a variant of this design for the actual plate in the 1790 edition of the Defoe classic. The present drawing was, however, apparently used as the frontispiece for an extra-illustrated copy of Anna Eliza Stothard Bray, Life of Thomas Stothard, R.A., with personal reminiscences, by Mrs. Bray..., London: J. Murray, 1851. (Mrs. Bray née Anna Eliza Kempe, was the widow of the artist's son, Charles Stothard.)

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Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Robinson Crusoe.
Ryskamp, Charles, former owner.

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