Sir Thomas Gage: Sketchbooks

Scope and Content

Topographical and architectural mounted sketches. MSS.Add.8813 (1807) and 8814 (1809) contain pen, pencil and wash sketches of abbeys, barns, cathedrals, castles, churches, inns and homes, as well as caves, bridges, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and other features of the landscape, in locations throughout England. MS.Add.8815 (1811) contains pencil sketches made in Ireland. Thebookplate of Sir Thomas Gage is in each album.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Gage (1781-1820), 7th Baronet, of Hengrave Hall, Suffolk; antiquary, historian of Suffolk, topographical draughtsman and botanist.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1990.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Custodial History

The sketches probably formed part of the 16-volume series of drawings of the Isle of Wight, Windsor, Bury to Clifton, Wales, the Lakes, Yorkshire, Ireland, etc., 1807-1810, which is mentioned in the Hengrave Hall Deposit, 52, Catalogue of books and manuscripts at Hengrave Hall, 1872. Much of the antiquarian, literary and topographical material collected by the Gage family is contained in the Hengrave Hall deposit; it is unclear when these sketchbooks were separated from the collection and sold.

Related Material

Further material relating to Sir Thomas Gage and his family can be found in the Hengrave Hall Papers, MS.Hengrave.

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