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MS Thr 447

Pollitt, Herbert Charles Jerome, 1871-1942, collector. Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt photograph albums, ca. 1865-1895: Guide.

Houghton Library


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd [P1.C1.03.12]
Call No.: MS Thr 447
Repository: Houghton Library
Title: Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt photograph albums, ca. 1865-1895.
Date(s): 1865-1895.
Quantity: .2 linear feet (2 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Two photograph albums of the British amateur female impersonator Jerome Pollitt.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-148. Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021; received: 1990 November.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt Photograph Albums, ca. 1865-1895 (MS Thr 447). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Collector and connoisseur Herbert Pollitt, known as Jerome Pollitt, was an amateur female impersonator of late 19th-century England, who performed under the stage name Diane de Rougy. He was a close friend of the British illustrator and writer Aubrey Beardsley.

Scope and Contents

Contains two photograph albums, one with albumen prints, cabinet cards, cabinet photographs, cartes-de-visite, and tintypes depicting Pollitt's early childhood and young adulthood. The other is primarily cabinet cards, depicting Pollitt dressed in female attire.

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