MARSH, Charles (c1789-1882) artist. Commonplace book 1841


MARSH, Charles (c1789-1882) artist. Commonplace book 1841

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DESCENDANTS OF OLIVER CROMWELL

MARSH, Charles (c1789-1882) artist & wife ELIZA née NESBIT.A commonplace book  with presentation title-page from Mrs Sankey to Eliza Nesbit  6th March 1841, containing 42 manuscript text pieces by various contributors; 29 drawings in ink and pencil (at least 17 by Charles Marsh); 25 prints /etchings (some by Charles Marsh); 10 fine watercolours, mostly in miniature style (probably by Charles Marsh); 9 ephemeral items; 6 newspaper cuttings relating to Oliver Cromwell; and 3 photographic prints of art subjects; all contained in a quarto album (19 x 24 cm) in decorative stamped full leather binding (boards detached).  The prints and drawings by Charles Marsh are mostly initialled and dated, two fine etchings are dated 1810 and 1811, while the drawings are dated between 1842 – 1850. A number of pictorial and written items relate to Oliver Cromwell to whom Charles Marsh was related by descent via his grandfather’s wife Frances Cromwell.

Separately is a carte de visite photo of Charles Marsh in his 91st year in masonic dress, with explanatory printed text on the reverse; plus a miniature book “Daily Prayers and Promises” inscribed “From Captain Hope RN to Charles H.C. Marsh Sept 22nd 1859” in worn leather binding (boards detached); plus a photographic postcard of a group of gentlemen addressed to Marsh; and 7 lose newspaper cuttings (1920-1956) relating to members of the Marsh family from Tunbridge Wells and Dover.

Charles Marsh was born in Bath about 1789 where he became an artist and miniature painter, practicing up to 1856 in which year he became blind. He married Eliza Nesbit of  Bath in 1843, by whom he had two sons, Charles Henry Cromwell Marsh (1845-1916), a watchmaker and jeweller; Powell C N Marsh (1848-1920), a printer and compositor; and a daughter Eliza L Marsh (1850-1924). The family lived in Liverpool initially and between 1851-1861 removed to Tunbridge Wells, where most of the family remained except Powell Marsh who moved to live and work in Dover.

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