BROWN, HORACE COWLEY [Sketches by Captain Horace Brown of the Royal (Bombay) Artillery].
London?: circa 1876. Oblong three-quarters morocco. 22 x 16 1/2 inches (30 x 42 cm); 86 guarded mounts with approximately 172 mounted albumen prints, reproductions of Brown's ink and watercolor sketches, some of which are of hunting scenes in India. Tipped to the endpapers are two large original compositions and one small (and one in poor condition is laid-in at the rear). Light spotting to boards, in all in fine condition.
Brown, as noted on the verso of the front endpaper died in 1876. The cause was a mishap with explosives, and a notation on the final page (under a reproduction of his last drawing) indicates that this was the rock on which he was working when he was killed. This work must have been issued as a commemorative; it is not unique, though certainly very rare, and we have seen another copy essentially identical, right down to the preliminary and terminal notations, though we have not located an example with original sketches as here. While the artist was strictly an amateur, he had considerable facility, and many of the sketches reproduced are charming and amusing, especially his postal art.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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