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c1830 Ink Drawing of a Pub Patron by William King MD
  • c1830 Ink Drawing of a Pub Patron by William King MD
  • c1830 Ink Drawing of a Pub Patron by William King MD

c1830 Ink Drawing of a Pub Patron by William King MD

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£250.00


Product Description

An attractive pen drawing of a seated man smoking his pipe and holding a rummer glass, dating from around 1830.

The man is wearing a part fur hat, not unlike a Jewish shtreimel. However, the wearer does not have a beard. It is possibly a doodle, rather than a study of a more formal image, as it has been penned on a piece of scrap paper. Either way, the picture is very well executed. It has been mounted, framed and glazed. The image is one of a selection of drawings that we purchased at auction, but without any provenance.

Subsequent research showed that all the ‘doodles’ are by the same hand and several are the reverse side of written paper. A few of them are on scraps of a handwritten draft of a will or testament, such as in this case. From the names and place on the paper, it is clear that the owner was William King MD (1786 - 1865), who was a British physician and philanthropist from Brighton, where he created the first cooperative and produced a newsletter ‘The Co-operator’. He was known as the ‘poor man’s physician’ as he would charge poorer patients. He was also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a private advisor to Lord Overstone and a friend and advisor to Lady Byron. As well as supporting a lot of his philanthropic endeavours, Lady Byron entrusted to him the education of her daughter ‘Augusta Ada Byron (1815 – 1852), the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron.

Size image: 14.4 x 10.5 (5 ¾ x 4 1/8 inches)
Size frame: 26.25 x 22.5 x 2 cm (10 3/8 x 8 7/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 387 g

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