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Albert Beresford Horsley bookplate

What we know about this image :

A bookplate is a printed or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership.

The bookplate photo is an interesting commentary on how people of the upper class lived in those days.  Matthew Horsley, as head of the family business, elected to stop playing cricket etc because of the pressure of business;  Albert, as his younger brother, did have a role in the business, but clearly also had plenty of leisure time (and the money, of course) to indulge in sports and hobbies and travel, and the bookplate reflects this with the central illustration of a ship and some timber, surrounded by items associated with leisure – cricket, tennis, fishing, shooting, boxing, golf, hockey, etc etc.


Donor : Patrick Horsley


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