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England, Palestine 1871-1911. Archive of artist Laurence Carrington Grubbe (1854-1912), spanning most of his adult life, and comprising 10 original oil and watercolour paintings, manuscript pencil drawings, 4 diaries, unpublished manuscripts, numerous original photographs including 2 carte-de-visite photographs of him in the 16th Regiment of Foot uniform taken circa 1881, over 140 signed manuscript letters, 2 invitations, an autograph guest book, a nearly full packet of his calling cards, an exhibitor card from the Royal Academy of Arts, a leather bound bank book, two signed books from his personal library, and a scant few papers. Some documents and photographs creased, otherwise the lot in very good condition overall. Laurence Carrington Grubbe (1854-1912) is a well-known Suffolk artist and painter whose works are still sought after today. Born at Southwold, he was a son of wealthy magistrate John Eustace Grubbe (1816-1899) who served twice as mayor of Southwold. From 1909 he was also son-in-law to John Seymour Lucas, R.A., (1849-1923) famous Victorian historical and portrait painter, and an accomplished theatrical costume designer. Grubbe travelled to Italy, Egypt, Israel and Palestine in 1889 to paint and explore. He took up figure painting, first exhibiting at the London Salon. In 1893 he exhibited "A Game of Draughts" at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited in Southwold, Suffolk and Hampstead, London. With the Royal Academy he exhibited as late as May and August 1911, the year before his death. as late as 1908. He was also a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in Southwold from 1889 to 1905. The personal archive of Suffolk painter Laurence Carrington Grubbe forms a tangible and highly personal autobiography of his life. His diaries, photographs, paintings, and unpublished manuscripts, take us now with him through his college days when he kept his artistic passion a secret, to his service with the Royal Army during which time his undeniable propensity for painting unfolds, and finally on travels through Israel at the onset of his career for the purpose of painting. The following is included: Seven (8) original paintings by Laurence Carrington Grubbe: • View of Rome painted on wood, inscribed in pencil to verso, 21 x 14 cm • Two oil paintings on canvas, made in Jerusalem 1889, each signed and inscribed by Grubbe to verso "The Old City Walls Jerusalem," one panoramic view measuring 35 x 16,5 cm, one closer view measuring 35 x 25 cm. • Oil painting on canvas, two palm trees on a river bank, presumably also made during his tour of Israel and Syria in 1889, measuring 35 x 25 cm • Watercolour scene of Vallebona in Italy, centering around the Saint Lorenz church, 34 x 24 cm • Oil painting on canvas of a farmhouse or cottage, 21 x 11 cm • Watercolour painting on art paper of the same farmhouse, 17,5 x 12,5 cm • Watercolour landscape of Blythburgh with a windmill in the distance, painted on wood, inscribed and dated 1903 by Grubbe to verso, in the original hand-crafted wooden frame. Painting measures approximately 12 x 12 cm, frame measures approximately 18,5 x 18,5 cm. Frame chipped, painting well preserved behind glass. Two (2) original portraits of the artist, one of which is made and signed in the original by painter George Francis Carline (1855-1920), both oil on wood, measuring 20,5 x 29,5 cm. The other may be Carline's work also. Carline exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, and the Dowdeswell Galleries, London. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and father to artists Sydney, Hilda, and Richard Carline. Numerous photographs of the artist and his family - including the rare snapshot taken as putting the finishing touches on his most famous painting, "Little Red Riding Hood" made in 1909. Grubbe painted this piece two years before his daughter's birth. It bears some resemblance to her. He died when she was yet an infant of one year. Also with 2 carte-de-visites of Grubbe as he joined the 16th Regiment of Foot circa 1881. One (1) manuscript diary with entries from October 1882 to December 1885, including sojourns throughout England dispersed with commentary on his duties with the army, apparently being for a time at the Shorncliffe Army Camp. 8vo. 167 pages, black leather boards, revealing much about the personal side of Laurence Grubbe, his imminent transition from man of military to artist, and containing several passages of his own secret cypher yet to be decoded. Excerpts from the journal: "London, Nov. 26th 1882... Have been pretty regularly to F.H.'s studio at work... went with Frank to see (private view) pictures by one Elmore & we were intrigued the artist himself who happened to be there." "Shornecliff, January 18th 1883... Croasdaile has discovered the fact of my secret studio, but I have managed to bind him (I hope) to secrecy." "Shornecliff, January 20th... Ball subscription at Folkstone last night, I find my name published as one of the stewards so went... renewed an acquaintance of last year... also Captain Weir, R.A. from Egypt..." "Shornecliff [Army Camp, Folkstone], January 29th... there was a large ship aground off Landgate visible from the mess. It had been blowing a gale all night & is still... She is the master of the West Indies bound for London with rum & sugar...Her name is Plassey, the crew were all saved. Captain came ashore last..." "Shornecliff, March 9th... Told Earl[?] the other day about my ultimate object in coming to the S. of art... The more I see of soldiery the more I am bent on carrying out my purpose... Three (3) diaries from his time at Eton College and Trinity Hall, 1871-1873, with some papers, letters and one cricket score book. One of the diaries contains a complex collage pencil drawing by Grubbe which illustrates college life and pastimes. Archive of over 140 private manuscript letters received by, and written by Laurence Grubbe, featuring, a signed letter by his father, John Eustace Grubbe (1816-1899), respected magistrate and Mayor of Southwold. Spanning from 1871 to 1909 or later, some of the content reveals surprising aspects about the artist's interests and beliefs. Letters include, in part: • Nine (9) letters written to his father; one letter written and signed by his father to him dealing with financial matters; an engraving of the family coat of arms sent to him by his father; 9 consolatory letters following his father's death, two of these being from his uncle Reverend Charles Septimus Grubbe (1830-1910), Archdeacon of Pietermaritzburg. Together with obituaries notices (newspaper clippings) of his father's death, 11 Dec 1899 at Southwold. Together with a memorandum lease agreement signed by his father 26 September 1893 granting him tenancy of a cottage on Park Lane in Southwold. • Sixteen (16) letters pertaining to his Eton College days and army service, as early as 1873, and including five letters from Walter Caulfield Pratt of Orina House in Aylesbury (born 1820), a magistrate, deputy-lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and former army captain. • Seventeen (17) letters by Laurence written to his wife Marie Ellen Seymour (née Lucas) and nicknamed "Poppets" - mostly written in 1909 before they wed. Forty (40) letters between Laurence and his siblings and his mother, in particular his sister Constance Mary Grubbe, born 21 Apr 1859, Queen Square, Holborn, Middlesex. • Correspondence (4 letters) with introspective and highly spiritual contemplation, among other points, presenting a boisterous defence for the behaviour of the Laurence Oliphant against accusations of "approaching pure-minded girls in a religious mask for the purpose of gratifying his sensual tastes." A letter to James Murray Templeton mentions the recipient's marriage to Rosamond, widow of Laurence Oliphant. [Templeton was Oliphant's most devoted disciple.] A substantial amount of unpublished manuscript works in progress, narratives, poems, and such, as Grubbe explored his interest in writing - a little known preoccupation he had secretly held - and at least one submitted a work for possible publication, according to a letter which is present in the archive. One of these works is a lengthy and well researched manuscript draft account on the political and colonial history of South Africa penned by Grubbe at the start of the Second Boer War and focusing on it, approximately 45 pages in its own journal. Another is an entertaining account memorializing the Battle of Waterloo, titled "The Battle of Aldershot" and illustrated by Grubbe with 13 clever caricature ink drawings. One (1) journal of autographs inscribed "Visitors Book Aug 1905. L.C. Grubbe" containing three original signatures of British painter Ernest Crofts (1847-1911). The volume continues until 1909, and is also signed by persons such as: H.H. Godwin-Austen's nephew General Sir Alfred Reade Godwin-Austen (1889-1963) Royal Engineers Captain Richard Howard Paddison (1891 Southwold - 1959 Kenya) Reverend and botanist E. A. Holmes of Southwold Sir Charles George Grey, 4th Baronet (1880-1957) Major Claude Francis Arthur Egerton (1864-1957) Judge Sir (Charles) Montague Lush, K.C.(1853-1930) Laurence Carrington Grubbe (1854-1912) is a well-known Suffolk artist and painter whose works are still sought after today. Born at Southwold, he was a son of wealthy magistrate John Eustace Grubbe (1816-1899) who served twice as mayor of Southwold, and Julia Catherine née Hall (ca 1821-1901). He was educated at Eton College, then admitted to Trinity Hall in Cambridge on 3 February 1872. His father had a house at 29 Holland Park, London where the family often resided. By 1881 he was on the active list with the rank of Captain for the 16th (The Bedforshire) Regiment of Foot. In 1882-83 he was at Shorncliffe Army Camp, and travelling in England, during which time he began seriously considering making a profession of painting. He made some investments with his father, for example, possessing Midland Debenture Stock in 1895, and a Midland Railway Debenture in 1896. Grubbe travelled to Italy, Egypt, Israel and Palestine in 1889 to paint and explore. He took up figure painting, first exhibiting at the London Salon. In 1893 he exhibited "A Game of Draughts" at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited in Southwold, Suffolk and Hampstead, London as late as 1908. He was also a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in Southwold from 1889 to 1905. In 1909 he married Marie Ellen Seymour Lucas (1879-1951) whom he nicknamed "Poppets" and whom was described as a miniaturist in the art community. Her family was replete with renowned artists, her father being the esteemed artist John Seymour Lucas, R.A. (1849-1923), a Victorian English historical and portrait painter, as well as an accomplished theatrical costume designer, distinguished antiquary and collector of architectural artefacts. Lucas owned and remodelled The Blythburgh Priory in the then emerging style and influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement which flourished in England between 1880 and 1910. Laurence and Marie had one daughter, Margaret Julia Maria Grubbe (1911-1997) who also became an artist and illustrator. Grubbe died at his home 96 Abbey Road, Hampstead, London in 1912, aged 57, within a year of Margaret's birth. Daliyat El Karmel is a Druze town in the Haifa District of Israel, located some 20 km southeast of Haifa. In 1870 a local guide showed French explorer Victor Guérin extensive ruins located south of Daliyat al-Karmel, called Khirbet Doubel. The ruins were the most extensive on Mt. Carmel. Guérin thought it might be the town on Mt. Carmel mentioned by Pliny. Conder and Kitchener surveyed the area and noted "traces of ruins" at a place SE of the village centre called Dubil. Later excavations have found remains there from Iron Age I, Early Roman and Byzantine periods, together with pottery from first century to the second-third centuries CE. . Very Good.
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