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COLLECTION Identifier: HEW 12.12.6

William Makepeace Thackeray drawings for Adventures of a French count


An album containing a series of 26 original drawings by British novelist William Makepeace Thackeray.


  • 1830-1839

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.2 linear feet (1 volume) ; (26 x 34 cm.)
Drawings in pencil and ink in an album. This album belonged to the family of Eyre Evans Crowe (1799-1868) while they were living in Paris, in the late 1830s. Thackeray was a cousin who would visit in the evening and, to amuse the children, he would tell stories while sketching. The drawings apparently poke fun at Thackery's friend, artist John Grant Brine. The album reportedly remained in the hands of the Crowe family from that time on. [See item (27) for detailed information].

Inside album cover is annotated (in unidentified hand): "Adventures of a French Count, unpublished story in 19 pictures, with text, by W.M. Thackeray. From the collection of Eyre Crowe. One of the finest Thackeray items in existence! This should be published as it is one of the most humorous works."

Biographical / Historical

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was a British novelist.

Eyre Crowe (1824-1910) was a British painter of historical subjects, domestic genre and portraits. He was the elder brother of the art historian J. A. Crowe and cousin to Thackeray. His father was Eyre Evans Crowe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Formerly part of the collection of Eyre Crowe.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. William Makepeace Thackeray drawings for Adventures of a French count : Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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