Tuesday, 3 May 2011
A Victorian Schoolbook
My granddad used to work in a timber yard, and one day he found something lodged at the back of a chest of drawers. It was this homework book which dates all the way back to 1884. All of the pages inside are exquisitely hand written, with beautiful little watercolour drawings to accompany the text.
The outside cover
A hand drawn map of Ireland
Inside the cover is the name George Thomas, and the address of the school in Gravesend, Kent is written beneath it. I thought it'd be good to share some of the pages as they are so impressive, especially the detail of the maps included, all drawn with ink pen and shaded so perfectly.
The subjects covered inside include Geography (the maps drawn are mostly of countries under the British Empire at the time), Maths (some very complicated sums!), French, Roots (Latin), Physiology (the drawings of bones inside the body are amazing) and History. If only as much thought had gone into my homework books! I wonder what path George Thomas took when he left school, perhaps he became an artist?
A map of Scotland inside the cover.
Quite a few corrections on his French homework.
A map of Australia