Francis Place (1647-1728) and his Collection of Works on Paper

Helen Pierce* (Corresponding Author)

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Within the modest archive of materials relating to the English artist Francis Place at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, is an eighteenth-century notebook listing a selection of drawings by Place and others, which were inherited by his daughter Frances Wyndham. Although Place’s original and significant collection of prints and drawings is now widely dispersed, the drawings notebook at Hospitalfield, and a corresponding notebook listing intaglio prints, go some way to reconstructing the range of works on paper held in his studio or ‘painting room’ at the King's Manor in York, and aid our understanding of the influences which informed this largely self-taught artist. The details in the drawings notebook, of sketches now lost or in private hands, also develop Place’s known oeuvre in this medium greatly; evidence is provided for a far broader range of subjects, including nude figure studies and Biblical subjects, than has previously been acknowledged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the History of Collections
Issue number1
Early online date22 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


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