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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Alfred Crowquill papers
    Creator: Crowquill, Alfred
    Identifier/Call Number: mssFR
    Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1824-1905
    Date (bulk): 1852-1862
    Abstract: Alfred Crowquill was a pseudonym used by Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-1872), an English author and artist. This collection consists primarily of letters addressed to Forrester from 1824 through 1905.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Alfred Crowquill papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from H.M. Fletcher, March 5, 1951 and Meyers & Co., March 26, 1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-1872) was an English author and artist, who used the pseudonym of Alfred Crowquill. Forrester was born on September 10, 1804. Forrester frequently collaborated with his brother Charles Robert Forrester, who was a lawyer and writer. Crowquill's works included "Memorial of the Great Exhibition of 1851," a statuette of Wellington Bear, and Phantasmagoria of Fun. Forrester died on May 26, 1872.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection primarily consists of letters addressed to Forrester, many of which are replies to Forrester's requests for autographs or photographs from 1824 through 1905. Included are references to his illustrative works, literary manuscripts, and a sketchbook.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, June 1957. At that time, the collection was cataloged as the Alfred Henry Forrester papers. In 2001, the title was changed to the Alfred Crowquill papers. In 2020, Gina C Giang and Maggie Hughes created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.

    Related Materials

    Crowquill, Alfred. [Album of original drawings and prints], approximately 1825-1872, 301099.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artists -- England -- Correspondence
    Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    Drawings -- Great Britain
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain
    Manuscripts -- Great Britain
    A.N. Myers & Co.
    Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871
    Fletcher, H.M.
    Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
    Hood, Thomas, 1799-1845
    Jerdan, William, 1782-1869
    Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868
    Kean, Ellen, 1805-1880
    Mathews, Charles, 1803-1878
    Smith, Albert, 1816-1860
    Woodford, Alexander George, Sir