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MS Hyde 73

Mead, Clement, fl. 1762-1833, recipient. Clement Mead letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 70-73)
Call No.: MS Hyde 73
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mead, Clement, fl. 1762-1833, recipient.
Title: Clement Mead letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi,
Date(s): 1812-1814.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 24 letters from author Hester Lynch Piozzi to architect Clement Mead concerning renovations at her Streatham Park estate near London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003JM-59 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.


The bulk of these letters came to Maggs Bros. from a Mead descendant, and were then sold to Mary Hyde in 1969 Dec. Two letters (1812 May 16 and 1813 May 17) were purchased by the Hydes at the A.H. Hallam Murray sale at Hodgson's, 1952 June 19.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Clement Mead Letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi (MS Hyde 73). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Mead's letters to Piozzi are at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.

Biographical / Historical

Clement Mead (fl. 1762-1833) was first hired by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1741-1821) to oversee repairs at her Streatham Park estate near London from 1788 to 1791. He was the builder and architect for her Brynbella estate near Denbigh, Wales from 1792 to 1796, a relationship which ended with Mead successfully suing the Piozzis for unpaid fees. In 1812, he was brought back to Streatham Park to oversee another extensive renovation, working with Piozzi's steward Alexander Leak (1776-1816). Piozzi held a life interest in Streatham Park, but was not the owner.


Edward A. Bloom and Lillian A. Bloom, eds., The Piozzi Letters: Correspondence of Hester Lynch Piozzi, 1784-1821 (Formerly Mrs. Thrale) (Newark, Del.: University of Delaware, 1989-2002).

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 24 letters written from Hester Lynch Piozzi to Mead from 1812 to 1814. Piozzi was very concerned with keeping costs low, as her finances were constrained and she was not legally permitted to dispose of the property. The letters suggest that Mead's responsibilities extended beyond the traditional architectural role, as he was involved with securing a tenant for Streatham Park, selling the potatoes grown there, and negotiating diverse landscaping and decorating issues with Piozzi's contentious daughters.

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