Alfred Crowquill Papers mssFR

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
March 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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

Box 1

1824-1852 February

Box 2

1852 March-1860 December

Box 3

approximately 1860-1863 February

Box 4

1863 March-1869

Box 5

Ephemera 1870-1905

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, signatures, envelopes, printed matter, portraits, and miscellaneous materials.
Folder OS 1, Folder OS 2

Drawings approximately 1850

Volume 1

Sketchbook approximately 1843