Drawings of Sussex by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm


Between 1780 and 1791 (excluding 1786) Grimm spent two weeks from every Whitsun making views in Sussex for the antiquary William Burrell. Almost 900 drawings were bequeathed to the British Library in 1796. A selection of these Sussex views are shown here.

The Great Gatehouse of Battle Abbey (Add. MS 5670, f.38) that dominates the town in East Sussex dates to 1338. The Abbey itself was founded soon after the famous battle of 1066.

St Andrew’s Church in Alfriston (Add. MS 5671, f.62) is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Downs’. It has Saxon origins, and the present building (shown in Grimm’s view) dates to the 14th century.

The late 17th-century Petworth House (Add. MS 5674, f.53) was built by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset. When Grimm made this view the house, and its ‘Capability’ Brown park, was owned by George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, who collected many works of art by his friend, J. M. W. Turner.

Chichester Cathedral (Add. MS 5675, f.63) was founded around 1080. Daniel Defoe commented that ‘the cathedral here is not the finest in England, but is far from being the most ordinary; the spire is a piece of excellent workmanship.’

Full title:
Drawings of Sussex by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm
Watercolour / Pen and ink / Wash / View
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm
Usage terms
Public Domain
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British Library
Add MS 5670, f.38; Add MS 5671, f.62; Add MS 5674, f.53; Add MS 5675, f.63

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