Doughty's House at Theberton

Doughty's House at Theberton

This rambling house, the seat of Suffolk's Doughty family since the fourteenth century, was best known when Jack L. Airy painted it as the home of the eminent explorer, travel writer and poet Charles Montagu Doughty (1843-1926). Doughty's masterpiece, 'Travels in Arabia Deserta', first published in 1888, had been reissued with a new foreword by T. E. Lawrence in 1921, thus ensuring its fame for another generation. The flat colour and schematic drawing are typical of the work of Jack L. Airy, who contributed eight watercolours of Suffolk scenes to the Recording Britain scheme. His career is not recorded, and this, combined with his naive style, make it likely that he was a talented amateur.