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Watling, Hamlet, 1818-1908 (amateur artist, architect and antiquary)



  • Existence: 1818 - 1908


Hamlet Watling (1818-1908), amateur artist, architect and antiquary, was schoolmaster at Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Cavendish, Ipswich, Wangford and Earl Stonham. His drawings of Suffolk antiquities are found in the Ipswich Museums, Suffolk Record Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Dates in his Illustrated history of Walton and Felixtow suggest that he wrote it in the 1890s. It is a manuscript history illustrated with pen-and-wash drawings. It was acquired in the 20th century by George Salt ( ), Fellow of King's College. Watling had pasted his pages into an album, the paper of which had disintegrated; Salt remounted the pages in a new album which was bound into the old boards

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Hamlet Watling: Illustrated history of Walton and Felixstowe (MS)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9585
Scope and Contents

1 volume, Illustrated history of Walton and Felixtow (Felixstowe), 43 pp., remounted onto white paper by George Salt, with Salt's MS notes (May 2000) on p. 44. Illustrations of buildings and antiquities, parishes of Walton and Felixstowe, Suffolk, all drawn by Watling, with a printed map and two coloured engravings. Inside front board, bookplates of Francis Augustus Brooks MD and George Salt.

Dates: 1890
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