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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1427

Arthur Amory Houghton collection of manuscripts concerning Joseph Severn


Manuscripts relating to Joseph Severn, the English artist and friend of poet John Keats.


  • 1845-1881

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 volume in 1 box)

Includes correspondence, lithograph of Keats, watercolor, clipping, and notes.

Biographical / Historical

Severn was an English artist and friend of the poet John Keats.


Arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*54M-195 (33) and (34). Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., 718 Fifth Ave., New York City, NY; received: 1954 Dec. 3; Purchased from Hamill and Barker, 664 No. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

*70M-38 (2), (3), and (4). Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.; received: 1970 Aug. 11; Purchased at the Christie Auction sale 1 July 1970, Lot 118, through Hofmann and Freeman Ltd., Holly Place Cottage, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

All materials in this finding aid were transferred from the Keats Room files.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Houghton, Arthur Amory, 1906-, collector. Arthur Amory Houghton collection of manuscripts concerning Joseph Severn: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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