Sketches by Newbold Hough Trotter 1792-1801; undated
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This sketchbook contains 43 pages of pencil sketches by Philadelphia artist Newbold Hough Trotter. Most of the illustrations are of animals, ranging from domestic cats and dogs to lions and tigers.

The sketches contain a variety of different views, some of them only studies of heads or legs and others complete with backgrounds. The drawings with backgrounds portray animals in captivity and in the wild. One excellent sketch shows a horse lying on the floor of a stable (an earlier unfinished study shows what appears to be the same stable with a woman standing near the same horse); another depicts a lion silhouetted against a mountainous horizon. His views of giraffes in a circus or zoo environment and horses with and without saddles are particularly well composed. Non-animal sketches include a man (the artist?) standing near a framed picture, and an assortment of drawings of people's heads and faces.

Mr. Trotter made his illustrations in what had previously been the account book of John Sunnocks of Philadelphia, 1792-1801 (36 pages). The accounts include debts and credits for city taxes, lumber, freight, hides, and miscellaneous goods. Many of the entries do not mention the purpose of the payments/debts/credits. Most entries are written in the hands of the persons receiving money from Mr. Sunnocks.

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