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Grace DRAPER died 3 May 1923

DRAPER Grace of Bedford House Chiswick Middlesex (wife of Warwick Herbert Draper) died 3 May 1923. Administration London 23 June (1923) to the said Warwick Herbert Draper barrister at law. Effects £598 4s 5d.

Warwick Herbert DRAPER died 17 May 1926

DRAPER Warwick Herbert of Bedford House The Mall Chiswick Middlesex died 17 May 1926. Probate London 16 June (1926) to Philip Draper engineer and Evelyn John Maude barrister-at-law. Effects £11,884 10s 11d.

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The Draper Family lived at ‘Sheepleaze’ on the cliffs above Worbarrow Bay


Warwick Herbert Draper (1873-1926)


Warwick lived at Bedford House, Chiswick. It was later home to Sir Michael Redgrave.

Bedford House, Chiswick

Warwick was a British barrister and self-taught draughtsman/artist. He used the pseudonym “Watchman.” Also notable for his sketches (made as a 17-year-old student) of the Eiffel Tower under construction.

Warwick married Grace Devitt (1874-1923) in July 1896.

Warwick and Grace had three children:

  • Philip Draper (1902-1979)
  • Christopher ‘Christo’ Draper (1905-?)
  • Mary Grace Ritchie nee Draper (1907-1965)

Grace died on 3 May 1923. The stained glass window in Tyneham Church was dedicated in her memory.

Warwick died in 1926. At the time of the evacuation, Sheepleaze was held in the joint names of Philip and Mary.


Philip Draper (1902-1979)


Philip was born at Chiswick on 30 September 1902.

Philip attended King Alfred School, Hampstead from 1915 to 1919. He received private tuition from 1920 to 1921. He attended C. and G. (Engineering) College from 1921 to 1923. From 1923 to 1925 Philip was a Technical Apprentice at John I. Thornycroft and Co. Ltd. at Southampton. Philip later joined the Shell Oil Company.

Philip married Jane Esther Lawson (1904-1985) in 1929. They had two daughters.

Philip fought hard to regain Sheepleaze using a wide range of influential London friends. In the 1970’s he became a leading figure in the Tyneham Action Group‘s campaign to get the Army out of the Tyneham valley so that its former residents and families could have the option to return.

Philip later lived at Shipstal Cottage on the Arne peninsular. In 1961 he constructed a sea wall, groynes and a slipway there. Philip died in 1979.


Christopher ‘Christo’ Draper (1905-?)


Christo was the author of a number of children’s books.


Mary Grace Ritchie nee Draper (1907–1965)


Mary was born in 1907. She married structural engineer James Ritchie, known as Jim, in 1934.

Mary & Jim had a daughter Meg and a son John.

Mary & Jim were offered the Coastguard Cottages at Kimmeridge in the early 1950s, first as a holiday home, then for son John permanent till the 1970s.

Mary lived at Eyot Cottage, Chiswick Mall until 1965. She died on 9 April 1965 at Nuffield House, Guys Hospital, London Bridge.


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Tall story: Brilliant sketches by an Englishman which were found in a dusty folder show how the Eiffel Tower was built

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1923: Letter to the Wiltshire Times

The proposed Tank School at Lulworth Sir: Permit me, on behalf of the residents and, more particularly, the fisherman of this bay, two miles east of the Tank Corps gunnery range near Lulworth, to urge the public and national need for preventing this monstrous local nuisance. Mr. R. D. T.… Continue reading

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Tall story: Brilliant sketches by an Englishman which were found in a dusty folder show how the Eiffel Tower was built

By Daniel Miller

It was a wonder of modern engineering when it was completed in 1890 and
remained the tallest building in the world for an astonishing 41 years.

Now, brilliant drawings by a young English artist of the Eiffel Tower as it was being built have been found hidden away in a dusty folder. They are revealed here for the first time and show the tower’s construction in intricate detail.

The sketches have remained in the family of artist Warwick Herbert Draper since he drew them as a young student in the city between 1887 and 1890.

The never-seen-before pictures show the entire process of the tower being built as well as Parisians enjoying the new attraction in their city.

Detail: A series of sketches have been uncovered by a young British student showing the building of the Eiffel tower. This picture shows the summit with stairs leading to the lighthouse at the very top

They include details of the geology of the area, the foundations, the metal being worked on and people going up in the lifts and enjoying the tower.

Each drawing is annotated and shows what a talent Draper had, combining draughtsmanship and human study.

It is thought he visited Paris several times during the period in which the tower was built and each time sketched what was going on.

The drawings were passed down through his family and his grandson John Ritchie recently found them tucked away in a folder.

He has now decided to sell them at auction where they could fetch several thousand pounds.

In this picture a rudimentary crane is shown hoisting steel sections to workers building a part of the structure. The sketches have remained in the family of English artist Warwick Herbert Draper since they were drawn between 1887 and 1890

Toil: A gang of riveters at work during the construction of the tower. Drawn in black pen, the 17 sketches show the entire process of the tower being built

Draper is thought to have visited Paris several times during the period the tower was built and each time sketched what was going on

Deborah Doyle, from auctioneers Duke’s of Dorchester, Dorset, said: ‘The drawings are of great interest as they show different stages of the Eiffel Tower being constructed.Draper was obviously a very talented draughtsman.’

‘These small drawings show first the geological sections of the strata at the foot of the tower, the position of the four foundation blocks and several drawings of workers at work including one of the Edoux lifts with people changing cars at a height of 650ft.

‘The final drawing of the summit of the Eiffel Tower shows the light-house, laboratories, and the Edoux lift.’

One of Draper’s earliest drawings show the creation of one of the four concrete bases at the foot of the tower

This drawing shows a cross section of one of the lower end of one of the main beams

Draper went on to work as a barrister but continued to draw and paint – skills that he taught himself.

He qualified for the bar in 1898 and later lived at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, west London, the former home of artist William Morris.

After Morris’s death in 1896, Hammersmith became the centre of the Arts and Crafts movement and a magnet for artists including Frank Brangwyn, Eric Gill and Mary Fedden.

Draper was a leading figure in a range of voluntary and political activities in Hammersmith and Chiswick.

Mr Ritchie, from Weymouth, said: ‘I don’t know much about my grandfather but he worked as a barrister and I believe his art was self-taught.

‘I don’t know how long he was in Paris or whether he visited several times during the construction of the tower.

‘The drawings have been in a folder and they are the type of thing that people might want to see.’

Sketches showing two Parisians going up in the lift and the ticket office at the foot of the tower 

This drawing shows people entering their names at the Figaro newspaper office on the second level of the tower

‘I think he must have been quite a character.’

The Eiffel Tower stands 1,063ft high and remains the tallest building in Paris. It is also the most visited paid-for attraction in the world.

It was named after its designer, the engineer Gustave Eiffel, and was built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair.

Upon its completion, the Eiffel Tower became the tallest building in the world – a title it held for 41 years.

The drawings are being sold at auction on September 29.

Published by the Daily Mail 5 September 2011

1923: Letter to the Wiltshire Times

The proposed Tank School at Lulworth

Sir: Permit me, on behalf of the residents and, more
particularly, the fisherman of this bay, two miles east of the Tank Corps
gunnery range near Lulworth, to urge the public and national need for
preventing this monstrous local nuisance.

Mr. R. D. T. Yerburgh, M.P. for Southern Dorset, is right in
saying that its perpetuation will exclude the public from access to some of the
finest of the Dorset coast and impose irksome restrictions on local fishermen.

The creation of the range in war-time was one of the many
ugly necessities to which the community was bound to submit. Its continuance,
with noisy din of gun practice, admitted risks of unspent shells, essential
uncertainty as to when the practice must bar all walking on these splendid
cliffs, and the direct interference with the useful and already precarious
business of the local fishermen, constitutes a severe indictment against the Government
Department concerned, whereas it is just a case where, even in England, the Government
should give a lead in preserving in the amenities of this lovely bit of coast,
one of our precious national possessions.

For such a gunnery range, waste ground like that of Salisbury
Plain or the sands off Shoeburyness should be selected, and not a line of coast-wise
downs which hardly has its equal for beauty and accessibility in the whole of England.

Yours faithfully,

WARWICK DRAPER

Sheepleaze, Worbarrow, Near Corfe Castle, Dorset.

August 15th, 1923.