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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Letters of British authors
    Date (inclusive): 1770-1915
    Number: 860525B
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute. Research Library
    Physical Description: 150.0 letter(s)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: This collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 150 letters sent by 73 persons between 1770 and 1915. The authors of the letters include British editors, publishers, writers, art critics, politicians, archaeologists, scientists, writers on architecture, and writers of dictionaries.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Assembled by the repository.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Letters of British authors, 1770-1915, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860525B.

    Acquisition Information

    Assembled from many acquisitions, 1983-1990

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu. The items in this collection were formerly part of the British artists letters collection (accession number 860525). They were separated when that collection was cataloged.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises 150 letters sent by 73 persons. The letters are dated from 1770 to 1915, with the bulk from the 1840s to the 1890s. Three letters are dated from 1770, 1791 and 1798, and 24 are from the first quarter of the 20th century. The authors of the letters cover a large variety of activities and professions, including British editors, publishers, lecturers, writers, art critics, politicians, mathematicians, archaeologists, antiquarians, botanists, naturalists, educational writers, authors on architecture and of dictionaries.
    Among the most significant letters are those signed by the biographer Mackenzie Bell to William Michael Rossetti (1), the art historian John Britton (4), the lecturer William Kingdon Clifford (a manuscript page), the writer Louisa Stuart Costello (6), the publisher Robert Duncan(?) (1), the archaeologists Sir Arthur John Evans (2) and Sir John Evans (5), the biographer James Granger (1), the antiquarian Thomas Leman (1), the biographer Henry Currie Marillier (2), the author on architecture John Henry Parker (1), the popular science lecturer John Henry Pepper (2), the archaeologist Frederick George Hilton Price (2), the art dictionaries author Samuel Redgrave (2), the Irish poet and lecturer George William Russell (5), the editor William Noel Sainsbury (2), the biographical dictionary author Thomas Humphrey Ward (7), the archaeologist Albert Way (6), the poet Frederick Edward Weatherby (1), with verses and illustration, and the art critic and writer Sir Frederick Wedmore (7).

    Arrangement note

    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Bell, Mackenzie, 1856-1930
    Britton, John, 1771-1857
    Clifford, William Kingdon, 1845-1879
    Costello, Louisa Stuart, 1799-1870
    Evans, Arthur, Sir, 1851-1941
    Evans, John, Sir, 1823-1908
    Granger, James, 1723-1776
    Leman, Thomas, 1751-1826
    Marillier, H. C. (Henry Currie), 1865-1951
    Parker, John Henry, 1806-1884
    Pepper, John Henry, 1821-1900
    Price, F. G. Hilton (Frederick George Hilton), 1842-1909
    Redgrave, Samuel, 1802-1876
    Russell, George William, 1867-1935
    Sainsbury, William Noel, 1825-1895
    Ward, Thomas Humphry, 1845-1926
    Way, Albert, 1805-1874
    Weatherby, Frederick Edward, 1848-
    Wedmore, Frederick, Sir, 1844-1921

    Subjects - Topics

    Authors--Great Britain--Correspondence