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Inventory of the Edwin Wilkins Field Papers, 1828-1899
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edwin Wilkins Field Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1828-1899
    Creator: Field, Edwin Wilkins
    Extent: 56 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Acquired from Theodore Hofmann, July 18, 1966.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edwin Wilkins Field Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Edwin Wilkins Field (1804-1871) was a lawyer and amateur artist in England, where he worked for a measure for establishing artistic copyright. He was honored in 1863 by the Old Water-Colour Society, among whom he had a large acquaintance.

    Subject Matter

    Collection of letters from various artists, mostly addressed to Edwin Wilkins Field, with some addressed to his son Walter Field who was also an artist. A few of the letters concern Field's efforts to pass some kind of measure ensuring artistic copyright.


    Most of the letters are from members of either the Royal Academy or the Old Water-Colour Society.
    Among the correspondents are:
    • 2 letters from George Cruikshank. HM 42895 & 42896
    • 1 letter from Sir John Everett Millais. HM 42922
    • 3 letters from Samuel Cousins. HM 42890-42891