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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Letters of British dignitaries and professionals
    Date (inclusive): 1756-1951
    Collection number: 860525C
    Extent: 65 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 65 letters from 43 correspondents. The senders are well-known people in England, including physicians, politicians, directors of cultural institutions, and members of the peerage and the clergy. The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from professional issues and public business to social activities, private relationships, and family concerns.
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    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Letters of British dignitaries and professionals, 1756-1951, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860525C.

    Acquisition Information

    Received in several acquisitions, 1983-1990.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu. The items in this collection were formerly part of the British artists letters collection (accession number 860525). They were separated when that collection was cataloged.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises 65 letters from 43 correspondents. The letters are dated between 1756 and 1951, with the bulk from the 1820s to the 1880s and the first decade of the 20th century. The senders are well-known people, such as the physician Alison, the chemist Humphrey Davy, the pottery and porcelain manufacturer Herbert Minton, and directors of major cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, the London National Gallery, the Royal Society, and the Tate Gallery, as well as politicians and members of the peerage or the clergy. The letters cover a large variety of subjects ranging from professional issues and public business to social activities, private relationships and family concerns.
    Among the most relevant are the letters of the physician William Pulteney Alison (3), Thomas Philip De Grey, lord lieutenant of Ireland (2), Dugald Sutherland MacColl, keeper of the Tate Gallery (2), Sir Henry Ellis, Librarian of the British Museum (7), Sir William Henry Gregory, trustee of the National Gallery (4), Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, antiquarian and collector (1), Herbert Minton, pottery and porcelain manufacturer (1), Sir John Rothenstein, Director of the Tate Gallery (1), Sir Robert Thomas Wilson, son of Benjamin Wilson (3), and a long letter from Lady Jane Davy, socialite, to the poet Robert Pearse Gillies (1). The collection was assembled by the repository.


    Arranged alphabetically in one series.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Alison, William Pulteney, 1790-1859—Correspondence
    Davy, Hunphrey, Sir, 1778-1829—Correspondence
    Davy, Jane, Lady, 1780-1855—Correspondence
    De Grey, Thomas Philip, Earl, 1781-1858—Correspondence
    Ellis, Henry, Sir, 1777-1869—Correspondence
    Gillies, Robert Pearse, 1788-1858—Correspondence
    Gregory, William Henry, Sir, 1817-1892—Correspondence
    MacColl, D. S. (Dugald Sutherland)—Correspondence
    Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir, 1783-1848—Correspondence
    Minton, Herbert, 1793-1858—Correspondence
    Rothenstein, John, Sir, 1901-1992—Correspondence
    Wilson, Robert Thomas, Sir, 1777-1849—Correspondence