Assorted cartoons and art

'Sir C Lyell informs Her Majesty that the shores of England are sinking'

'Sir C Lyell informs Her Majesty that the shores of England are sinking'

The early Dinner Books contain a superb collection of cartoons, pencil and ink sketches and small watercolour paintings.

Watercolour cartoons attributed to H M Skae

Watercolour of a lady attributed to H M  Skae
Watercolour of a lady attributed to H M Skae

The sketch on the far left is signed HS, probably Harriman Malcolm Skae, appointed Assistant Geologist 1867.

Sketches by Ben N Peach

'Quinag by Benjamin Neeve Peach, 1842-1926'

Peach who retired from the Geological Survey in 1905 after serving for 43 years was an accomplished artist in the romantic Victorian manner. His field notebooks and fieldslips and contributions to the Dinner Books are covered in sketches in brush and ink and a few watercolour paintings. His sketches of cows, sheep, dogs and people were often portrayed with a mischievous sense of humour!


Animal sketch by Ben Peach
Animal sketch by Ben Peach
Animal sketch by Ben Peach