Reverend Gardnor's academy. 

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Reverend Gardnor's academy.

Date of Original

[approximately 1772]

Special Collection

Bentley-Blake Collection


Howard, Nat., artist


1 art original : pen, ink and wash on laid paper ; 22 x 30 cm.

Storage Location

Rare Books Oversize


An eighteenth century pen, ink and wash drawing of a river scene with an unidentified town-scape on one bank. In the foreground two figures and a dog sit and stand under a tree watching a boatman row down the river. Original portfolio from which the drawing was taken indicated "Drawn by Nat. Howard, at the Rev. M. Gardener's Academy, Battersea, Surrey, May 1772."

Measurements given are those of paper on which drawing is made.

The attribution refers to the Rev. John Gardnor (born 1728 or 1729) who, as the parish curate, issued a detailed prospectus for an academy for a maximum of thirty boys in his house at 13 Kensington Square, Battersea. Subjects included drawing amongst others. From 1763 to 1767 and again in 1769 Gardnor exhibited at the Free Society of Artists, showing a total of more than two dozen paintings and drawings of landscapes. He is also known as the man who married William Blake and Catherine Boucher, in St Mary's Church, Battersea, in 1782. See: Morton D. Paley. The man who married the Blakes. The Blake Quarterly. Spring 2009.

Title from dealer's catalogue description.

See Catalogue Link below for full Victoria University Library catalogue record.

Catalogue Number

Blake Suppl. no.1035 (Box 27)


Public Domain


Gardnor, John, 1729-1808
Blake, William, 1757-1827
Blake, Catherine Boucher




Art original

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