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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1272

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer letters to Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d'Orsay


Letters to French artist Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d'Orsay from English painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.


  • Creation: 1838-1849 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Contains correspondence primarily between Landseer and D'Orsay, concerning art exhibitions at the Royal Academy and various works for Landseer's patrons, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and Lord and Lady Chesterfield. Half of the letters contain drawings in pencil or ink, representing portraits, human figures, horses, and dogs. Also includes one letter from Baroness Lehzen to Landseer and one letter from Clarkson Stanfield of the Royal Academy to Landseer. Manuscript copies of 17 of these letters, written in an unidentified hand, are placed at the end.

Biographical / Historical

Landseer and Clarkson Stanfield were English painters. Orsay was a French artist.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-37. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from H. D. Lyon, 18 Selwood Terrace, London S.W.7, England L451; received: 1968 August 8.

Landseer, Edwin Henry, Sir, 1803-1873. Sir Edwin Henry Landseer letters to Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d'Orsay, 1838-1849: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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