Edwin W. Field Correspondence: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Edwin W. Field Correspondence
Dates (inclusive): 1828-1899
Collection Number: mssHM 42884-42939
Creator: Field, Edwin W. (Edwin Wilkins), 1804-1871.
Extent: 56 items in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists of letters from various English artists primarily addressed to lawyer and amateur artist Edwin W. Field (1804-1871) or his son, Walter Field (also an artist). A few of the letters concern Field's attempts to establish an artistic copyright law.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Edwin W. Field Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from Theodore Hofmann, July 18, 1966.

Biographical Note

Edwin Wilkins Field (1804-1871) was a lawyer and amateur artist in England, where he worked for a measure for establishing artistic copyright. He was honored in 1863 by the Old Water-Colour Society, among whom he had a large acquaintance.

Scope and Content

Collection of letters from various artists, mostly addressed to Edwin Wilkins Field, with some addressed to his son Walter Field who was also an artist. A few of the letters concern Field's efforts to pass some kind of measure ensuring artistic copyright.
Most of the letters are from members of either the Royal Academy or the Old Water-Colour Society.
Among the correspondents are:
  • 2 letters from George Cruikshank. HM 42895 & 42896
  • 1 letter from Sir John Everett Millais. HM 42922
  • 3 letters from Samuel Cousins. HM 42890-42891

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Field, Edwin W. (Edwin Wilkins), 1804-1871.
Field, Walter, correspondent.
Artists -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
Copyright -- Art -- Great Britain.

Forms/Genres

Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century.

Alternate Authors

Cousins, Samuel, 1801-1887.
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
Field, Walter, correspondent.
Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Correspondence