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Edwin W. Field Correspondence: Finding Aid
mssHM 42884-42939  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Edwin W. Field Correspondence
    Dates (inclusive): 1828-1899
    Collection Number: mssHM 42884-42939
    Creator: Field, Edwin W. (Edwin Wilkins), 1804-1871.
    Extent: 56 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of letters from various English artists primarily addressed to lawyer and amateur artist Edwin W. Field (1804-1871) or his son, Walter Field (also an artist). A few of the letters concern Field's attempts to establish an artistic copyright law.
    Language: English.


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

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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]. Edwin W. Field Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Theodore Hofmann, July 18, 1966.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    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


    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Field, Edwin W. (Edwin Wilkins), 1804-1871.
    Field, Walter, correspondent.
    Artists -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
    Copyright -- Art -- Great Britain.


    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Cousins, Samuel, 1801-1887.
    Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
    Field, Walter, correspondent.
    Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896.