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COLLECTION Identifier: HEW 15.9.2

Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, extra-illustrated

Overview

Manuscripts inserted into Thomas Moore, Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan (London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825), including engravings, mezzotints, portraits, views, playbills, autograph letters and original drawings.

Dates

  • various dates

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

1 linear feet (9 volumes)

Contains 400 items, including engravings, mezzotints, portraits, views, playbills, autograph letters and original drawings. The original drawings include portraits of Madame de Maintenon, Lee Lewes, Thomas A. Arne, Frederick Henry Yates, actress Lessingham, Bishop Samuel Horsley and Charles, Duke of Norfolk. The letters and manuscripts include a large part of Elizabeth Ann Linley's correspondence, before and after her marriage to Sheridan; Sheridan's letters and endorsements of theatrical plans; letters from Thomas Moore, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Charles James Fox, William Pitt, Warren Hastings and others; and a convocation signed by First Consul Bonaparte, Saint-Cloud (15 fructidor, an XI).

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

  1. Letters
  2. Illustrations

Physical Location

Widener Memorial Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Processing Information

In 2020-2022, as part of a conscious and inclusive re-description effort, entries were updated to include a woman's first name when identified.

Title
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852. Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, extra-illustrated: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou01538

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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