A Guide to the Frank Sewall Sketches, 1891-1892 Sewall, Frank, Sketches, 1891-1892 MS 96.40

A Guide to the Frank Sewall Sketches, 1891-1892

A Collection in
the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 96.40


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 96.40
Title
Frank Sewall Sketches, 1891-1892.
Extent
2 items.
Creator
Frank Sewall; 1837-1915.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Frank Sewall Sketches, Manuscript MS 96.40, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1996.


Biographical/Historical Information

It is believed that the artist was Frank Sewall (1837-1915), best known as a Swedenborgian clergyman. After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1858, he traveled in Italy and was recognized for his great appreciation of the arts. Sewall held a pastorate in Washington, DC from 1889-1915. The sketches date from this period, with several signed examples also thought to be by his daughters.

Scope and Content Information

These sketches document the appearance of several eighteenth-century buildings in Williamsburg prior to their restoration in the 1930s. They consist of one framed sketch and a sketchbook featuring scenes of Williamsburg and the James River drawn by Frank Sewall between 1891 and 1892. The sketchbook is titled: "Williamsburg, Va. The Potomac, the James, and the Canal, 1891." It includes pen, pencil, and watercolor sketches of interior and exterior views of Bruton Parish Church, the Courthouse and Market Square, the Wren building, and various unidentified houses, as well as views of boats along the James and Potomac rivers. The framed sketch is a view of the tower and steeple of Bruton Parish Church.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.)-- In art.
  • Wren Building (Williamsburg, Va.)--In art.
  • Geographical Names:

  • James River (Va.)--In art.
  • Potomac River--In art.
  • Williamsburg (Va.)--In art.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Sketches--Virginia--1891.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • James River (Va.)--In art.
  • Potomac River--In art.
  • Williamsburg (Va.)--In art.