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HEW 12.12.6

Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. William Makepeace Thackeray drawings for Adventures of a French count : Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HEW 12.12.6
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863.
Title: William Makepeace Thackeray drawings for Adventures of a French count ,
Date(s): 1830-1839.
Quantity: 1 Volumes (26 x 34 cm.)
Abstract: An album containing a series of 26 original drawings by British novelist William Makepeace Thackeray.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.
Formerly part of the collection of Eyre Crowe.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Makepeace Thackeray Drawings for Adventures of a French count (HEW 12.12.6). Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.

Scope and Contents

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Inside album cover is annotated (in unidentified hand): "Adventures of a French Count, unpublished story in 19 pictures, with text, by W.M. Thackeray.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."

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