I am grateful to Jan Clark for bringing these
amazing sketches to our attention. The
in France (who own the copyright) have given
permission to reproduce them.
Letter sent to me by Jan Clark who discovered this
“Treasure Trove” of sketches
I apologise for presuming to write an article for
your mill society as my knowledge of mills is
little, apart from an appreciation of their
picturesque qualities and sometimes their produce.
My interest is in garden history and I am a guide,
lecturer and researcher at Painshill Park, Cobham in
I have had extremely good luck when searching on the
Internet and a few years ago located a larger than
life statue of Bacchus which had been lost to
Painshill for over 200 years since being sold to an
anonymous buyer in 1797.
More recently I have had even more luck. I was
searching for an article which appeared in the
French equivalent of
when I came across the web site of the
in France which displayed sketches by a French
gentleman, Lancelot Henri Roland Turpin de Crissé,
who sought refuge in England in 1793 to escape the
guillotine during the French Revolution.
He spent one year in South East England before
travelling on to America without his family where it
is thought he died destitute in 1800.
His son, Lancelot Théodore Turpin de Crissé,
returned to France and became a professional artist;
it is he that bequeathed the sketches to the museum