ANDREAS HENDRICKSON - A SHORE LAPLANDER IN HIS WINTER DRESS - AN ILLUSTRATION FOR WINTER SKETCHES IN LAPLAND... (1822/23)
Titled l.m., signed with initials l.l.
Pen & ink with grey wash
16 x 20cm
 
 
The present work is the original design for the engraving published in 1823, engraved by Dennis Dighton for the publishers Rodwell & Martin (printed by Hullmandel) [see second image]. It was printed in their Travels through Sweden, Norway, and Finmark : to the North Cape, in the summer of 1820​​​​​​​ [London, 1823]. 
 
Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke, 2nd Baronet, served in the Army in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, and in 1820 began a journey to become 'probably the first Englishman to travel overland to the North Cape' (1). 
 
His journey was indeed pioneering, and his self-illustrated account was published shortly after his return to Britain to acclaim. Arthur would later travel from Spain through North Africa and publish an account of this journey also. His family seat, which he inherited together with the Baronetcy and estates in Northamptonshire and Ireland, was Great Oakley, an imposing Elizabethan house set in (then) 3,000 acres of Nottinghamshire.  
 
One of Arthur's passions, when not travelling, was book collecting, and he enlarged the library at Great Oaklet significantly. His descendants would eventually lease the house to Lytton Strachey, of the Bloomsbury Set, who in turn invited numerous artists and writers in his circle to stay there. It then passed into a branch of the family who had married into the Guiness Dynasty, and remains in the hands of the de Capell Brookes today. 
 
Notes:
(1) J. Marshall-Cornwall, An early Scandinavian traveller, The Geographical Journal, Vol.14, No.2 (1978)

SIR ARTHUR DE CAPELL BROOKE, Bt., F.R.S. (1791-1858)

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