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PEN INK AND WATERCOLOUR
10 X 12 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE ESTATE OF RANDOLPH SCHWABE
EXHIBITED: 'RANDOLPH SCHWABE. ARTIST, TEACHER, DIARIST', 9-27 FEBRUARY 2016
DRAWN ON THE REVERSE OF PART OF 'A NEW CHART FOR SAILING BETWEEN THE STRAITS OF SUNDA OR BATAVIA, AND THE STRAITS OF BANCA AND GASPAR', LONDON: LAURIE & WHITTLE, 1787
Schwabe was in Charing, Kent, between 21 August and 12 September 1931. However, two days after his arrival, he broke his left arm 'falling off the back of Hugh's [Jones] motorcycle coming back from Ashford just near the house' (Diary), and had to spend a night in Ashford Hospital. The present work testifies that, with his right arm intact, he was still able to draw.
Wicken's Manor was built by the Brent family in the fifteenth century and embellished in the sixteenth century. It is timber-framed and close-studded with plaster infilling. John Brent is said to have entertained Henry VIII there on his journey to the Siege of Boulogne in 1544.