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COLLECTION Identifier: HEW 8.6.2

Blanche Paxton album on William Makepeace Thackeray


An album containing original materials mostly by or about William Makepeace Thackeray.


  • 1836-1868 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

These volumes are shelved in Widener Library in the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Room. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


.1 linear feet (1 volume in case) ; 29 cm.
Thackeray materials include original portraits , watercolors, pen and ink and pencil drawings and sketches , a self-portrait, poems , a manuscript essay, an invitation, autograph letters, illustrated letter , and proof sheets . Also includes: a circular letter dated 1857 Dec. 24 signed by WMT, Charles Dickens, and John Forster relating to the finances of "Miss Power"; letters from Charles Dickens and Samuel Prout; autographs of Frederika Bremer, Mary Howitt and others; and original drawings by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), George Cattermole, John Leech, Samuel Prout, John Tenniel, and unidentified drawings.

Album bound in green morocco, with bookplates of Mathew Smith, Esquire, and Harry Elkins Widener.

Biographical / Historical

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Album formerly belonged to Miss Blanche Paxton, daughter and the second of 6 children of Sir Joseph Paxton, the English architect, landscape gardener, and designer of the Crystal Palace Exposition Hall.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

The pages in the album were numbered prior to receipt at Harvard; these are the page references given below. Pasted-in items were later numbered in the repository, consecutively as laid into the volume, and now consitute the item numbers below.

Dimensions of drawings are primarily of the image, not the sheet.

Many pages contain annotations in an unidentified hand and have been marked in finding aid as: "Note in album."
Link to catalog
Paxton, Blanche, former owner. Blanche Paxton album on William Makepeace Thackeray: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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