[OASIS] Harvard University Library
OASIS: Online Archival Search Information System
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01747View HOLLIS Record   Frames Version
Questions or Comments   Copyright Statement
MS Hyde 9

Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792. Sir Joshua Reynolds papers, 1767-1791: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 8)
Call No.: MS Hyde 9
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792
Title: Sir Joshua Reynolds papers,
Date(s): 1767-1791.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, notes, receipts, and manuscripts, mostly relating to Reynolds's artistic career and personal finances.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sir Joshua Reynolds Papers, 1767-1791 (MS Am 1793). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

19 letters from Samuel Johnson to Reynolds are in MS Hyde 1, item (97). One letter from Reynolds to Hester Thrale is in MS Hyde 3, item (95). Single letters from Thomas Barnard and Charlotte Lennox to Reynolds are in MS Hyde 10. MS Hyde 30 consists of papers relating to Reynolds's estate kept by executor Philip Metcalfe, and also includes accounts kept by Reynolds relating to the Samuel Johnson monument. One letter from the Countess of Cork and Orrery to Reynolds is in MS Hyde 57, page 8. Single letters from Reynolds to David Garrick and Samuel Johnson are in MS Hyde 77, v. 2, pages 76 and 94.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Joshua Reynolds was the leading portrait painter of late 18th-century England. He was a friend of Samuel Johnson and a founding member of the Literary Club, and was knighted in 1769. He also delivered a series of influential discourses on painting to the Royal Academy from 1769 to 1790.


All of the full letters in this collection were published in John Ingamells and John Edgcumbe, eds., The Letters of Sir Joshua Reynolds (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000).

Scope and Contents

Series I contains fifteen autograph letters, notes and receipts addressed by Reynolds to a variety of correspondents, including James Boswell, item (5); and Thomas Percy, item (10). Most relate to Reynolds's artistic career or his personal finances. Series II consists of two autograph Reynolds manuscripts, one describing Oliver Goldsmith, item (11).

Container List