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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: MS Can 52

Warren C. Crane collection of engravings, mezzotints, and drawings by Peltro W. Tomkins and W. S. Leney


22 engraved and mezzotint portraits by Tomkins after various artists, produced in London, 1790-1839. Also contains 345 prints, 15 original drawings, 2 copper plates by Leney, executed in London and New York from the 1790s to the 1820s. With miscellaneous correspondence and photographs concerning Leney and the Crane collection.


  • 1790-1839

Language of Materials


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.


1 linear foot (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Warren Cady Crane (1882-1934) was a prominent merchant in New York City and collector of historical autographs, prints, and artifacts; president of Ye Olde Settlers Association of Ye West Side in New York.

Tomkins was a British printmaker and draughtsman who learned to engrave with Francis Bartolozzi. Tomkins gave drawing lessons to the daughters of George III, and in 1793 he was appointed historical engraver to Queen Charlotte. He joined his brother J.F. Tomkins to produce an illustrated edition of James Thomson's Seasons (1797) with stippled engravings. Leney apprenticed with Tomkins, after which he executed five plates for John Boydell's great edition of Shakespeare. He and his wife moved to New York about 1806, where he engraved some small portraits of George Washington, John Adams, and other notable Americans.


Collection is unprocessed.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of William Inglis Morse, 1944.

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.
Link to catalog
Crane, Warren Cady, -1934, collector. Warren C. Crane collection of engravings, mezzotints, and drawings by Peltro W. Tomkins and W. S. Leney, 1790-1839 (MS Can 52): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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