Catherine Mary Webber. Item #358
8.75” x 10.5” remnants of a scrapbook with about 85 mostly pen and ink sketches, with many having dates ranging from 1855 to the mid 1860s. I believe that they are all done by the same hand and some have the initials “CMW” and one is signed Webber. One sketch is titled “The Experiences of an Amateur Artist,” by CMW. A search of this brought up that this was a book by Catherine Mary Webber in 1858. I cannot find a copy of this scarce book to compare the artwork, though I believe them to be done by Webber.
Catherine Mary Webber (1831-1900), the wife of the Anglican clergyman Rev. William Fynes Webber, is known to have published three comical illustrated works. The other two are Geology Familiarly Illustrated in 1859 and 'Miss Scratchley, an Amateur in Art and Crinoline' in 1863. She also contributed to 'The English Woman's Journal' under the moniker “A Clergyman's Wife.”
The sketchbook has some pages that are attached, but several are unbound. Most of the sketches are attached to the page by the corners with glue. One is drawn onto the page. Some of the art has been previously cut out of the page and a few items are loose from the pages. There are condition issues but still quite a wonderful collection of sketches by a woman artist in the mid 19th Century.