Thomas Allom 1804 - 1872
Dolcoath Copper Mine, Cambourne, Cornwall
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© Royal Academy of Arts, London
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Dolcoath Copper Mine, Cambourne, Cornwall, c. 1832
pencil, watercolour amd possibly pen and ink on cream wove paper, 90 X 149 mm
Given by Leverhulme Trust, 1936
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A view of the copper mine at Dolcoath, Cambourne, Cornwall. The mine was established in the late eighteenth century and was the deepest and most productive copper and tin mine in Cornwall. It closed in 1921.

This drawing by Thomas Allom was engraved by J. Thomas and published in Devon and Cornwall Illustrated, 1832, with illustrations by Allom and W.H. Bartlett. Allom was primarily an architect but he also produced small topographical views many of which were engraved as illustrations.
This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.

E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.

Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.