Catalogue of papers of Sir Augustus and Maria, Lady Callcott, 1768-c.1882

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2006

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Papers of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)
    A.1  Journals and Commonplace books
    A.2  Notes a family history
    A.3  Notes mainly on the theory of painting
    A.4  Miscellaneous papers
B    Papers of Maria, Lady Callcott (1785-1842)
    B.1  Journal and commonplace books
    B.2  Memoirs
    B.3  Manuscripts of Lady Callcott's works, and drawings by her
    B.4  Miscellaneous papers
C    Papers of other members of the family


Papers of Sir Augustus and Maria, Lady Callcott, 1768-c.1882

Abstract:
Papers of Sir Augustus Callcott (1779-1844), painter, and Maria, Lady Callcott (1785-1842), author and travel writer.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. a. 2002, b. 2020-6, c. 2725-35, d. 2263-93, e. 2425-32

Extent: 58 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Augustus and Maria, Lady Callcott, 1768-c.1882. See also the separate catalogue for the papers of the Horsley family, who were related to the Callcotts through the marriage of Sir Augustus' niece, Elizabeth Wall Callcott (1793-1875) to William Horsley (1774-1858).

Acquisition

Given with Ms. photogr c. 15, fol. 70 by Miss R. Strode, D. S. Whitelegge and the Robinson family, to the Ashmolean Museum, 1980, and transferred to the Library, 1987; and (MSS. Eng. c. 2729, fols. 10-34, 45-55; c. 2731; c. 2735, fols. 1-3; d. 2266; d. 2268-70; d. 2283-6; d. 2292-3; e. 2432) by University College, London, 1989.

Personal Names (NCA Rules)

Callcott | Sir | Augustus Wall | 1779-1844 | Knight | Painter
Callcott | Maria | 1785-1842 | author and traveller

Subjects (LCSH)

Art -- History
Artists -- (19th century)
Authors -- (19th century)
Diaries
Painting -- Technique
Travel -- History -- (19th century)

A   Papers of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)

A.1   Journals and Commonplace books

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2263-5, e. 2425-6


Journal for part of July 1805
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2263
Extent: 10 leaves

Form of diary entitled 'Table of contents of a Journey to Paris in September 1814'
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2264
Extent: 23 leaves

Diary of a visit to Paris,n.d. , and notes entitled 'Memorandum of Paris,' n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2265
Extent: i + 39 leaves

Notebook containing anecdotes numbered 51-74, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2425
Extent: 36 leaves

Commonplace book with (fols. 19v-17v rev.) a list of library contents, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2426
Extent: 20 leaves

A.2   Notes a family history

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 2266-8


Extracts from the pocket books of Dr. John Wall Callcott, 1766-1821 in Sir Augustus Wall Callcott's hand, concerning family history, 1791-1803
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2266
Extent: i + 10 leaves

'Fragments of family history written by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott a few years before his death in 1844' in William Hutchins Callcott's hand, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2267
Extent: i + 24 leaves, 15-24 blank

Scrapbook containing transcripts by William Hutchins Callcott of family papers, 1842-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2268
Extent: ii + 23 leaves, 13-23 blank

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 2-4) an account of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott's visit to Cirencester and Shrewsbury, 1843
  • (fol. 5) correspondence between Sir Augustus and the Hon. Caroline Fox, 1843
  • (fols. 6-9) information about Captain Richard Callcott, 1842, n.d.
  • (fols. 11-12) correspondence between Jonathan Callcott and Sir Augustus about family history, 1843

A.3   Notes mainly on the theory of painting

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2020-3, c. 2725-8, d. 2269-72, e. 2427


Catalogue of oil paintings and sketches by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, n.d. [after 1844]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2269
Extent: 8 leaves

Auction sale catalogue of drawings and sketches by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott and of his collection of old masters, Christie & Manson, 8-11 May 1845
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2270
Extent: 47 pages

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 33-47) a list of Callcott's patrons, 1831-44.


Volume containing (fols. 25-30) Sir Augustus Wall Callcott's catalogue of his pictures, with notes on their location, 1799-1842, and (fols. 31-47) journal of Maria, Lady Callcott (then Maria Graham), 1816
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2020
Extent: 71 leaves, 1-24, 48-71 blank; green cloth

Scope and Content:

The catalogue includes later annotations by William Hutchins Callcott, n.d.

Custodial History: Ownership inscription of William Hutchins Callcott.

Bound volume containing notes and questions by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott on the theoretical nature of painting and its relationship with the senses and emotions
Shelfmark: Ms. Eng. c. 2725
Extent: 25 leaves, 13-21 blank
Binding: half calf, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 7, 25v) two pen-and-ink sketches.


Bound notebook containing notes by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott on technical aspects of painting, such as composition, perspective and colour
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2726
Extent: 106 leaves
Binding: vellum binding

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 55-8) notes on 'Mr. [Benjamin?] West's principle of arrangment of colours', n.d.
  • (fols. 89-92) West's Royal Academy lecture on colour, 1817, and miscellaneous notes, including (fols. 48-51) an anecdote of Venice
  • (fols. 105v - 90v rev.) further notes on art, n.d.

Notes by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott on principles, rules and techniques of painting, 1801, 1804-5, 1810s-20s, n.d.
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. c. 2727-8
Extent: 205, 98 leaves

Scope and Content:

With discussions of form, composition, colour, light and perspective, with some diagrams, and

  • (MS. Eng. c. 2727, fols. 152-7) a critique of a book on the life of Sir Joshua Reynolds, n.d.
  • (MS. Eng. c. 2727, fols. 158-97) a copy of Dr. Wollaston's essay 'On the apparent direction of eyes in a portrait,' 1824, with critical notes, n.d.

Notes by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott on 'Invention and its evidences' in art, with diagrams, n.d. (watermark 1808)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2021
Extent: 49 leaves

Commonplace book of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, arranged alphabetically, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2271
Extent: 71 leaves; quarter black calf, vellum corner pieces, marbled boards

Form of card index by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2427
Extent: 462 leaves

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • (fols. 10-395) notes on the principles and practice of painting
  • (fols. 396-462) a catalogue of books relating to art, n.d.

Index, 1813, to Michael Bryan's Biographical and Critical Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (London, 1813)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2272
Extent: 67 leaves

Scope and Content:

Annotated by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, with dates of birth of artists, n.d.


Lists of painters, 13th-17th cent., by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2022
Extent: 56 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes their dates of birth, and sometimes their nationalities and schools of painting.


Alphabetical lists, by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, of exhibitors at the Royal Academy (1769 to 1841), n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2023
Extent: 187 leaves

Scope and Content:

Arranged by their specialized fields, such as landscape, portrait etc.

A.4   Miscellaneous papers

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2024, c. 2729


Miscellaneous papers, 1815-16, 1842-3, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2729
Extent: 195 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-9) letters to and from Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, 1815, 1842-3, n.d., mainly concerning the death of his wife Maria, Lady Callcott in 1842
  • (fols. 10-34) a description of a holiday in the Lake District with Sir John and Lady Swinburne, 1816;
  • (fols. 35-41) part of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott's 'Dictionary of Anecdotes,' (letters C, H, L, T, V and W only), n.d.
  • (fols. 45-55) a copy of 'Fragments of family history written by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott a few years before his death in 1844', n.d.
  • (fols. 56-63) 'Essay on Venetian painters,' n.d. (watermark 1803)
  • (fols. 64-72) lists of artists' works hanging in the Great Room of the Royal Academy, 1796-1825, n.d.
  • (fols. 73-94) lists of paintings, with catalogue numbers, in Buckingham Palace and Windsor collections, n.d.
  • (fols. 141-62) notes from Universal History on China, n.d., and
  • (fols. 169-95) biographical notes, n.d.

Miscellaneous papers, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2024
Extent: 16 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-2) a list of authors on painting
  • (fols. 3-6) tracings of figures and ornaments
  • (fols. 7-16) Austrian prints coloured by children

B   Papers of Maria, Lady Callcott (1785-1842)

B.1   Journal and commonplace books

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2730, d. 2273-81, e. 2428-9


Commonplace book, 1806
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2428
Extent: 74 leaves
Binding: half black vellum, marbled boards
Custodial History: Ownership inscription of William Hutchins Callcott.

Copy of Lady Callcott's journal, written during her journey to India, 1808-9, and on her departure, 1811, made by Rosamund Gotch, 20th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2273
Extent: i + 163 leaves, 104-63 blank
Binding: half black calf, marbled boards
Note: Original diary in a small octavo volume inscribed on upper cover Journal/1808; bound in vellum, with metal clasp; destroyed due to damp and mould damage, March 1987.

Extracts from Lady Callcott's journals, 1804-29, made by William Hutchins Callcott, n.d. (watermark 1846)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2274
Extent: ii + 42 pages

Typescript, n.d., made from a copy in the Brazilian Archives, of Lady Callcott's account of her life in Brazil, 1824-6, originally dictated to the Hon. Caroline Fox in 1834-5 and copied by James [John?] Allen, Lord Holland's librarian
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2730
Extent: iii + 103 leaves

Journal of a tour by Lady Callcott to Dresden, Munich and Milan, 1.12 May-9 Aug. 1827
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2275
Extent: 149 leaves

Journal of a tour by Lady Callcott to Dresden, Munich and Milan, 2.10 Aug. -24 Sept. 1827
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2276
Extent: ii + 88 leaves

Journal of a tour by Lady Callcott to Dresden, Munich and Milan, 3.25 Sept. -10 Nov. 1827
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2277 = Cons. Res.
Extent: 78 pages
Restrictions on Use: Restricted for reasons of conservation. A copy is available: please order MS. Eng. d. 2277*.

Journal of a tour by Lady Callcott to Dresden, Munich and Milan, 5.19 Nov. 1827-5 June 1828
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2278
Extent: 80 leaves

Notes by Lady Callcott entitled 'Beginnings of heads of our tour in 1827'
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2279
Extent: i + 20 pages

Account of German and Italian tour by Lady Callcott, 1827
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2280
Extent: i + 126 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 76-125) detailed list of paintings in Munich gallery, numbered according to a printed catalogue (Munich, 1825).


Journal of Lady Callcott, 13 Mar. -7 May, 10-29 Aug. 1829
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2429
Extent: i + 117 leaves, 31-109 blank; quarter green calf, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

With rough notes for May-Aug. 1829, and (fols. 116 -115 rev.) memoranda of social engagements during the same period.


Journal of Lady Callcott, 21 Nov. -3 Dec. 1840
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2281
Extent: iv + 18 pages

B.2   Memoirs

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2731, d. 2282-6


'Reminiscences of Lady Callcott' up to 1807 in an unidentified hand, n.d. (watermark 1835-6)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2731
Extent: 143 leaves, 114-43 blank

Typescript of 'Reminiscences of Lady Callcott,' as dictated to the Hon. Caroline Fox, 1836, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2282
Extent: i + 91 leaves
Note: Original in a folio volume, inscribed on upper wrapper 'Life of Lady Callcott,' bound in paper wrapper over marbled boards; destroyed due to damp and mould damage, March 1987.

Copy of first part of 'Reminiscences' up to 1792, in an unidentified hand, made in 1884
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2283
Extent: 21 leaves, 15-21 blank

Copy of Lady Callcott's reminiscences, 1834, of Sir John Leslie, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University in an unidentified hand, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2284
Extent: 20 leaves

Notebook in the hand of William Hutchins Callcott, containing dates in the life of Lady Callcott sent to C. R. Dod for the Annual Obituary
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2285
Extent: 68 leaves, 15-68 blank
Binding: half calf, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

With (fol. 10) a list of works by Lady Callcott and extracts from letters to her, 1811, n.d.


Notebook of William Hutchins Callcott entitled 'Lady C's Life for Dod,' n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2286
Extent: 9 leaves

B.3   Manuscripts of Lady Callcott's works, and drawings by her

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2025-6, d. 2287-9, e. 2430-2


'Essays Towards a History of Painting', by Lady Callcott with additional notes, n.d. (watermarks 1828-30, 1838, 1840)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2287
Extent: 36 leaves

Six 'Essays Towards a History of Painting', by Lady Callcott, n.d. (watermark 1832)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2288
Extent: xiv + 314 pages, 271-314 blank
Binding: half black calf, cloth boards

An incomplete copy of Lady Callcott's Essays Towards a History of Painting London, 1836
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2430
Extent: xlii + 273 pages, 229-73 blank
Binding: black morocco

Scope and Content:

(Essays I-III only) interleaved with drawings by John Callcott Horsley, with (pp. 159-68) copies of letters to and from Richard Evans and Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, 1838.


Volume of wood engravings of illustrations for Lady Callcott's work 'A Scripture Herbal,' 1842
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2431
Extent: iv + 122 leaves
Binding: half black calf, decorated (floral) cloth boards

Scope and Content:

With identifying inscriptions by the author.


'Extracts from some letters written to a Person in Rome', n.d. (watermark 1834)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2732
Extent: vi + 34 leaves
Binding: half dark blue calf, decorated boards

Fair copy of MS. Eng. c. 2732 above, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2289
Extent: iii + 33 leaves

'Six views in Italy sketched and drawn on stone' by Lady Callcott, unpublished, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2025
Extent: 6 leaves

Drawings by Lady Callcott of Tasso's Oak, Rome, with explanatory note, Monolithic Temples at Mahabrahpoor, and Queen Elizabeth's Elm, Richmond, 1833-5, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2026
Extent: 4 leaves

B.4   Miscellaneous papers

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2733, d. 2290, e. 2432


Bound notebook containing material by and about Thomas Campbell, c. 1840
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2432
Extent: 35 leaves, 19-35 blank
Binding: dark green morocco, gilt rules, lettered 'M. S. ' on upper cover

Scope and Content:

With extracts from letters to Lady Callcott, in the hand of William Hutchins Callcott, 1828-40.

Custodial History: Ownership inscription of William Hutchins Callcott.

'The Remembrancer for 1833' by John Callcott Horsley and 'W. A. B. ', dedicated to Lady Callcott
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2290
Extent: xiii + 269 pages
Binding: polished green calf, gilt- and blind-tooled

Scope and Content:

Includes drawings by John and Fanny Horsley, Sir Augustus and Lady Callcott.


Miscellaneous papers, 1802-39, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2733
Extent: 26 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fol. 1) verses by Mrs. B. Wilmot to Thomas Graham of Balygowan 'In Imitation of Burns,' dated 17/27 June 1802, from Brighton, in Lady Callcott's hand
  • (fols. 3-6) an account of Cambridge, 19-20 July, no year
  • (fols. 7-8) a letter from 'S' to Lady Callcott, dated 20 Jan. 1839
  • (fols. 9-18) biographical notes about Lady Callcott by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, n.d
  • (fols. 19-26) letters to Mrs. Graham from her son, n.d. (watermark 1819)

C   Papers of other members of the family

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. a. 2002, c. 2734-5, d. 2292-3


Drawings by John Callcott Horsley, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. a. 2002
Extent: 22 leaves, 15-22 blank

The Original, a privately printed family magazine, produced by John Wall Buckley, 1824
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2291
Extent: 33 leaves

Anonymous journal of a journey to Dresden, Berlin and Munich, Aug. 1860
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2734
Extent: 77 leaves

Notebooks of William Hutchins Callcott entitled 'The Callcott family papers' containing notes on family history, n.d., [c.1875-80]
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. d. 2292-3
Extent: ii + 20, 27 (11-20 blank) pages

Miscellaneous papers, 1768-1882
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2735
Extent: 32 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-3) a letter from Fanny Axford to Charlotte Callcott, 2 Apr. 1768
  • (fols. 4-5) part of an anonymous account of a visit to Bristol and Clifton, 7 Oct. 1853
  • (fols. 6-9) an incomplete account of visit [to Antwerp?] in the same hand, n.d.
  • (fols. 10-28) reminiscences concerning family history copied by Lucy and Charlotte Hutchins Callcott from notes by other members of the family, 1867

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