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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1256

Robert Ker Porter papers

Primarily letters of English painter and traveler Sir Robert Ker Porter to his mother and his sister, the novelist Jane Porter.


  • 1805-1849

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Contains correspondence, mostly letters by Porter in St. Petersburg, Russia, to his mother, Jane Blenkinsop Porter, 1745-1831, and to his sister, novelist Jane Porter (1776-1850). Also journals, 1805-1808, kept by Porter in Russia, and a notebook with sketches, accounts and notes taken during a trip to Russia and Sweden.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Ker Porter was an English painter and traveler.


  1. I. Letters by Sir Robert Ker Porter
  2. II. Other letters
  3. III. Manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-22. Purchased with the Kilgour discretionary fund; received: 1966 September 8.
Porter, Robert Ker, Sir, 1777-1842. Robert Ker Porter papers, 1805-1849: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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