The sketch book (MS 456/1) contains 27 watercolours, generally in grey wash, together with threepencil sketches by Richard Parkes Bonington. The subjects are usually given more than onetreatment (four times in one instance) with minor changes of position and shadow. They illustrate ariver view; a stream and bridge with distant view of a village; a bridge and house; fishermen;trees; a folly; a Grecian statue; a row of houses; a church and house; Old Radford church[Nottinghamshire]; a bridge with waterfall and horse and cart; and a bay with tall ships. The pencilsketches are of two people and a dog; a woman washing clothes in a stream; and sheep and a shepherdwith distant cattle.
The sketch book is accompanied by a printed article about Bonington by C. Reginald Grundy,undated (MS 456/2/1) and a book review clipped from the Nottingham Guardian about S.C. KainesSmith's Gartin and Bonington, 1922 (MS 456/2/2).