My last couple of posts have been a showcase of two sketches / portraits which I have recently commissioned and I would like to continue this as I have a few more completed sketches to show. Hope you enjoy them 🙂
Below is a sketch of a shop front once owned by Reuben Plaskett (5x great-grandfather) of Whitechapel, he and all of his sons were by trade Watch and clockmakers. There are no contemporary images of this shop, or even of Raven Street itself (not that I am aware off). So this sketch is an imagined idea off what it possibly looked like. Reuben lived at 31 Raven Street, Whitechapel, London until his death on the 13 April 1854. The residents of Raven Street in the 1840’s and 50’s consisted of Cabinet Makers, Confectioners, Tailors, Clerks, Boarding Houses, Lawyers, Publicans and the street wasn’t really that big at all. More of a side street.
Below is a portrait of my grandfather William Llewellyn Bean, this a digital portrait taken from a photograph, sadly the picture used was poor quality (a photocopy, one I acquired about 18 years ago, long before I had a scanner) so the artist had a little bit of difficulty working out facial features, this image is the artists second attempt. I have included the actual photograph so you can compare.
Below is an imagined sketch of Napper Challen (1782 – 1855), my 5x great-grandfather. Napper was known by locals as Perambulator Challen, because daily he walked from Donnington to Chichester, Sussex carrying messages for people. An occupation he continued until his death in 1855. He never left home without his hat and was always accompanied by his trustee Wheel Barrow. It’s very likely he used his barrow as an early form of measuring, as perambulator is a device for measuring distance.