Pencil sketch of Ossington Hall and Church, Nottinghamshire, in the style of J.C. Nattes; n.d. [1796-1839]

Scope and Content

Pencil sketch entitled 'The back part of Ossington House', showing Ossington Church at the left, the east side of Ossington Hall in the centre, and trees at the right. The sketch is drawn onto paper watermarked 'E&P, 1796'.

The earliest date of the sketch has been estimated by the date of the watermark, and the latest date by the identification of the east side of the Hall as the 'back part'.

Dimensions 46 cm x 24.5 cm.

Administrative / Biographical History

The item is from the papers of Sir Howard Colvin (1919-2007), author of 'A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840'. Colvin identified the sketch as being in the style of John Claude Nattes (c.1765-1839), topographical draughtsman and watercolour artist.

Ossington Hall and its estate was sold by the four daughters and co-heiresses of George Cartwright to William Denison of Leeds in 1763. A new church and mausoleum at Ossington, designed by John Carr (1723-1787), were completed in 1786. Work on Ossington Hall by William Lindley (c.1739-1818) was mainly undertaken from 1788 to 1790, and 1805 to 1806, during which time the house was extended, the kitchen facilities improved, and plans drawn up for stables and a coachhouse. Further work was carried out in 1839, when the entrance was moved to the east front.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Very faint.

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Custodial History

The item was acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, in May 2008.

Related Material

Papers of the Denison family of Ossington (Reference: De), particularly the archictural plans in De/2.

Pencil sketch of Ossington Hall and Church, Nottinghamshire, in the style of J.C. Nattes; n.d. [1796-1839] (MS 821)