|Lieutenant Colonel William Booth (fl.1780-1817)|
Pair of late 18th century Views of Jersey.
"A View of La Rocco and Part of the Bay of St Ouen, Jersey, 1799".
"View of Arch Hirondelle Tower and Mont Orgueille, Jersey".
Both signed lower right and inscribed with titles.
One inscribed on reverse "View in the Island of Jersey by Lt. Col W Booth/R Engineer/ When on duty there in.". The other inscribed "View in the Island of Jersey by Lt. Col W Booth/R Engineer/ When on duty there in 1800."
3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches.
An exquisite pair of miniature watercolours of Jersey by Lieutenant Colonel William Booth of the Royal Engineers. He was posted to the island in January 1799 and his diary entry in March mentions these two watercolours. One shows Archirondel Tower long before the building of St Catherine's breakwater while the other shows St Ouen's Bay and La Rocco Tower while under construction. It is surprising to see that La Rocco Tower is shown connected to the sand dunes at that time.
Lieutenant Colonel William Booth (fl.1780-1817):
Lieutenant Colonel William Booth was a Royal Engineer who had been the pupil of the renowned drawing master Paul Sandby RA (1725-1809), often called the father of English Watercolour. Booth trained at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich where Sandby was drawing master from 1768 to 1796. Booth served at Gibraltar in 1780 and illustrated J. Heriot's An Historical Sketch of Gibraltar in 1792. Booth served in Jersey from 15th January 1799 to 1st May 1800, a period that saw a lot of military activity in the island. La Rocco Tower was under construction during this period and 6,500 Russian soldiers had arrived in the island by March 1800. Booth's unpublished diary in the collection of the Societe Jersiaise records that on 7th March 1799 he made a drawing of Mont Orgueil from the guard house north of St Catherine's which may well be "View of Arch Hirondelle Tower and Mont Orgueille, Jersey".