'Ideas for Book Two' (Titus Groan chapters 60-61)

Scope and Content

Working notebook for what Peake referred to as Book 1 and Book 2 [two parts of Titus Groan], in pencil, crayon and ink. Includes continuation of manuscript with authorial revisions and [editorial?] corrections in red pencil. Also includes drafts of introduction (crossed out) and chapter listing. Insert has scene between 'Fuschia' [Fuchsia] and 'Moistwrattle' (f.59). Notebook dated 15 June 1943 but some drawings are upside down, suggesting that notebook had been used previously, possibly dating from 1939/1940 due to the presence of a sketch for one of the Ride a Cock-Horse illustrations.

Drawings in charcoal, pencil, crayon and ink include:

  • f.1: cleavers/axes;
  • f.2v: bolt, screw and washer;
  • f.3: arm and hand;
  • f.5v: prostrate female figure;
  • f.6v-7: winged creature with head of horse and winged creature with skull for head;
  • f.12: two sketches of Dr Prunesquallor's head and further detail of his jaw;
  • f.15: Steerpike seated; outline of twins, Cora and Clarice Groan;
  • f.18: study from life of two figures in armchairs;
  • f.19: profile of head underneath text;
  • f.21: studies for the twins, Cora and Clarice Groan (three figures in total);
  • f.22: two sketches of Prunesquallor's head; Flay's knee wrapped in cloth;
  • f.23v: head of young man;
  • ff.23-24: two drawings of head of sleeping child;
  • f.24v: Flay;
  • f.25: Flay striding;
  • f.26: female facial features;
  • f.26v: Flay's hand holding sword;
  • f.28v: rough sketch of two figures;
  • f.29: rough sketch of scene (subject unclear);
  • ff.30v-31: two studies from life of man with hands held behind his back;
  • f.32: three studies of faces;
  • f.35: male figure;
  • f.36: Flay;
  • f.36v: male figure;
  • f.47v: ?Maeve in glasses; robotic-looking headless figure; sketch for butcher in tub from Ride A Cock Horse;
  • f.51v: rough sketch underneath text (subject unclear);
  • f.52v: female head wearing headscarf;
  • f.54v: figure drawing underneath text;
  • f.58: man wearing suit and hat with hands in pockets;
  • f.iii: rough sketches including serpent-like monster.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: hard-bound volume.

Dimensions: 227mm x 175mm.

Foliation ff.iii+59+38*,43*.