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Wright, Thomas Scrapbooks on William Blake Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 166

Dates

  • 1912-1936 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 01/01/2011 (Other)

Extents

  • 2.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    The Thomas Wright Scrapbooks on William Blake consists of eight scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, several bibliographies and catalogs, writings, and a photograph.  Items are primarily pasted into each scrapbook, but some materials are loose.  The scrapbook titles that follow are all Wright's.

    The first scrapbook, "The Blake Society," includes programs for the first sixteen annual meetings of the Blake Society, extending from 1912 through 1927.  It also contains various printed communications to the members of the Society, and some related correspondence from members and publishers, including one from Frederick Hollyer who produced some Blake facsimiles.  Newsclippings in this scrapbook relating to the Blake Society range from 1913-1928.  Of note here is a printed communication reporting permission for the Blake memorial at Bunhill Fields.

    "Blake," the second scrapbook, contains additional newspaper clippings on the formation of the Blake Society.  Also included here is a copy of a manuscript plan of the street where Blake lived in Lambeth, as well as a catalog of Hollyer's Colour Prints and an invitation card to a Hollyer exhibition of works by Blake, Turner, and Rossetti.

    The third scrapbook, "William Blake," contains press clippings of the Tate Gallery Exhibition of William Blake in 1913.

    "William Blake Scraps," the fourth scrapbook, contains newsclippings and correspondence on the Blake centenary celebrations in London and throughout England.  Also here is the written and corrected manuscript of Wright's speech given at the unveiling of the Bunhill Fields Memorial, as well as a photograph of Wright delivering the speech.

    The fifth scrapbook, "Lambeth," contains a typed catalog of the Lambeth Library Blake Centenary Exhibition, held October 15-29, 1927.

    "Letters re The Life of William Blake" is the sixth scrapbook, and contains only a few letters, one of them from A.J. Roberts.  Also here are auction catalogs of the Algernon Methuen library and the Linnell William Blake Collections, as well as lists referring to Blake works owned by Sydney Morse.

    "Life of Blake Clippings," the seventh scrapbook, contains numerous reviews of Wright's work, particularly of his Life of William Blake (Olney, 1929).  Also present is a small number of letters from Phillip Morrell, Osbert Burdett, Laurence Housman, C.E. Lawrence, and D.W. Leaks concerning Wright's book.

    The eighth scrapbook, "31 Golden Sayings of William Blake," contains passages from Blake's work written out by Wright.

  • Abstract

    Thomas Wright was born May 16, 1859 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.  He was educated at Buxton College, a boys' school in Buxton, Derbyshire, and married Angelina Edwards on January 1, 1884.  He was the principal of Cowper School in Olney, which he founded himself in 1882 at the age of 23. The Thomas Wright Scrapbooks on William Blake consists of eight scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, several bibliographies and catalogs, writings, and a photograph.  Items are primarily pasted into each scrapbook, but some materials are loose.  The scrapbook titles are all Wright's.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

  • Method of Acquisition

    Purchase.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Separated Materials

    None.

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