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MS Eng 1434

Severn, Joseph, 1793-1879. Joseph Severn papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b [shelved in Keats Room]
Call No.: MS Eng 1434
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Severn, Joseph, 1793-1879.
Title: Joseph Severn papers,
Date(s): 1821-1899.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, primarily concerning the poet John Keats, as well as compositions of English poet and painter Joseph Severn.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*71M-85. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.; received: 1972 March 27.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Joseph Severn Papers (MS Eng 1434). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Severn was an English painter and friend of the poet John Keats. Elizabeth (Montgomerie) Severn was his wife and Walter Severn was his son.


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Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Charles Lock Eastlake, James Thomas Fields, Harry Buxton Forman, William Ewart Gladstone, Seymour Stocker Kirkup, John Ruskin, among other correspondents, many of which concern the poet, John Keats. There are autograph letters to Elizabeth (Montgomerie) Severn and Walter Severn from various correspondents as well as a manuscript letter in the hand of Charles Armitage Brown from John Keats to Frances Mary (Keats) Llanos Gutiérrez. There are many illustrated letters including a letter with drawings in watercolor by Arthur Severn, and a drawing in ink copied by Walter Severn of proposed design for the graves of John Keats and Joseph Severn. Compositions include unsigned autograph manuscripts of Severn's works as well as an unsigned autograph manuscript of proposed inscription for tomb of Joseph Severn by Sir Vincent Eyre, and a manuscript fragment of On Fingal's cave by John Keats, among other items.

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