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Crofton Croker Album
In 1844, the Cork-born antiquarian Thomas Crofton Croker acquired at auction a sketchbook that had belonged to Henry Perronet Briggs, his artist friend who had died a short period earlier. At the time of purchase, the album contained just ten studies by Briggs of costume details after the Dutch artist Jacques de Gheyn (1565-1629). Crofton Croker began to fill the empty pages with details of Briggs' exhibition history. The list continues uninterrupted until 1826 at which point Crofton Croker records the death of Thomas Foster, a mutual friend of his and Briggs. Crofton Croker continues the list, with occasional annotations, up to 1844, but then turns his attention almost exclusively to Foster. The album contains from that point extended notes by Crofton Croker, many of which draw on or quote from the testimony of other friends, on Foster's suicide and its immediate consequences, along with a large quantity of artworks, letters and other other ephemera relating to Foster. The album was discovered in Oxford in 2002 and acquired by the Centre for the Study of Irish Art the following year.
Study by Briggs of a fusilier holding a firearm
Study by Briggs of a fusilier firing a musket
Study by Briggs of a fusilier with his hands on his hips seen from the back
Study by Briggs of a fusilier with a rest holding a musket over his shoulder
Study by Briggs of a fusilier seen from behind pouring gunpowder into a musket
Study by Briggs of a fusilier carrying a pike over his shoulder
Study by Briggs of a early seventeenth-century couple in court dress
Study by Briggs of a fashionable early seventeenth-century couple walking hand in hand