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Hosking Family Sketch Album

Title Hosking Family Sketch Album
Headline In 1962 a hard-cover drawing book was handed to the Museum committee by Stafford Talbot who was in the process of emigrating to New Zealand. He had found it in The Oaks, at Byrne, the home of his grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Hosking.
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Creator Hosking Family
Content Owner Richmond Museum
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Source Richmond Museum
Subject Heading culture – 000086
Location Richmond – Richmond – Umgungundlovu – South Africa
Content Information FULL ALBUM – – In 1962 a hard-cover drawing book was handed to the Museum committee by Stafford Talbot who was in the process of emigrating to New Zealand. He had found it in The Oaks, at Byrne, the home of his grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Hosking. The album was not in good repair. The body was detached from the boards, the first five pages were loose and twelve pages had been removed. It was observed that there was a finely hand-drawn fiontispiece with the inscription ‘Elizabeth l832’, and that there were interesting photographs, pleasing sketches and much ephemera in the book, which was then put into store. In a recent conversation with a Hosking great-grandchild it was suggested that an examination of the volume may reveal family information, which it certainly did. Of the photographs, nine were taken in lndia with only two having titles. One is of a lady bring carried in a sling with in pencil below ‘A Dandy, Nynee Tal’. The other is of a lake and steep tree-covered hills with a few scattered buildings. Below in pencil is ’Nynee Tal, N.W.P. India’. A dandy is a form of transport, being either a cloth, slung hammock-like, on a pole and carried by two men or, as in the photograph, a cloth slung between two poles and carried by four men. Naini Tal is in the foothills of the Himalayas, north-east of Delhi towards the border with Nepal. Two of the remaining lndian photographs are of small tented camps, and four entrance tent in front of it. In the views of this camp there are two elephants with mahouts and howdahs, an Indian dignitary and his entourage and a party of English men, women, babies in arms and their servants. In one photograph all the people are sitting or standing behind a small tea table. The ninth photograph is of a large residence with a British official and his staff posed in front of it. It is the ten sketches that are of the greatest interest. Eight were taken in ltaly and have in pencil below them the subject, the initials W.H and a date running from March to August 1824. They show scenes on the Gulf of Pozzuoli and views of Assisi, Florence, Perugia, Rome and Tivoli. All are pencil sketches with detailed architectural features. Some are incomplete, others have been enhanced with a sepia wash. The two remaining drawings show work in progress on the Birmingham, Bristol and Thames Junction Railway. Both scenes are in sepia. The one is described as a ‘View of the north front of the Gallery under the Paddington Canal & of the suspension bridge over it with the retaining walls in the north cutting & the excavations as they appeared in October 1839’. The description of the other is “View of the iron arch suspension bridge over the Paddington Canal & of the north front of the Gallery for passing the Railway under it’. Each has a note in pencil ‘Now the West London’. According to the Dictionary of National Biography a William Hosking (l800- 186l) went to New South Wales with his parents and siblings in l809. While in Australia he was apprenticed to a general builder and surveyor in Sydney. Alter the family returned to England in 1819 he was apprenticed to W. Jenkins, an architect in London. In 1824, as part of his studies for his profession, William travelled for a year in ltaly and Sicily where he made drawings. Of these he exhibited one at the Royal Academy in l826 and two in the Suffolk Street Gallery in l826 and l828 respectively. In 1830 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Artists. In 1834 he was appointed engineer to the Birmingham, Bristol and Thames Junction Railway. ln l838-9 he designed the arrangement at Wormwood Scrubbs by which the Paddington Canal was carried over the railway and a public road was carried over the canal. When first executed these arrangements were apparently the focus of much attention. He was elected a fellow of the institute of British Architects in 1835. In l840 he became professor of architecture and engineering construction at King’s College, London
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Language English
Resource Type Album
Content Specification Album
Article ID ID17788
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KZNHPI_ID 20170213_KZNHPI_00002964
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Keywords Richmond Museum, Album
Historical period 1800s
Topic Taxonomy Art & Heritage
Sentinel Initiator Physical Object

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