William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Sketches by Newbold Hough Trotter
Cheney J. Schopieray, April 2009
Sketches by Newbold Hough Trotter
Trotter, Newbold Hough, 1827-1898
This sketchbook contains 43 pages of undated 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. Mr. Trotter made his illustrations in what had previously been the account book of John Sunnocks of Philadelphia, 1792-1801 (36 pages).
Language: The material is in English
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Access and Use
Donated, 1994. P-1709.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Sketches by Newbold Hough Trotter, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This collection is a single volume.
Newbold Hough Trotter was born in Philadelphia in 1827. Newbold was primarily a self-taught painter, studying only briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and at The Hague in Holland (under William T. van Starkenborg). The main focus of his work was Nature, especially American landscapes and animals. Trotter's work was recognized and exhibited during his lifetime. His painting, Wounded Buffalo Pursued by Prairie Wolves , was purchased by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman for Army headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trotter died in New Jersey in 1898.
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.
- Animals in art.
- Art, American.
- Trotter, Newbold Hough, 1827-1898--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
- Domestic animals.
- Drawings, American.
- Pencil works--American.
- Sunnocks, John.
- Trotter, Newbold Hough, 1827-1898.
- Account books.
- Drawings (visual works)
- Financial records.
- Preliminary sketches (sketches)
| Container / Location
Sketches by Newbold Hough Trotter , undated [series]:
John Sunnocks accounts, 1792-1801 [series]:
Additional Descriptive Data
This collection is located in the Graphics Division of the William L. Clements Library.
Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings , ed. John Denison Champlin. (N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900), v. 4, p. 301.
Newbold Hough Trotter biography . National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 2008 (http://redesign.wildlifeart.org/artists/artistDetails/index.php?aID=433, accessed April 2009)