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MS. Eng. misc. f. 48
The attribution of the authorship of this brief diary is derived from internal evidence. Mary Ann Flaxman (1768-1833) was the half sister of the sculptor, decorative designer, and illustrator John Flaxman (1755-1826). She was an artist herself (see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography under john Flaxman for further details). She was governess to the children of the Hare family of Hurstmonceaux Place. Francis Hare Naylor and his wife Georgiana, who was suffering from a progressive eye disease, left Hurstmonceaux in 1804 and travelled with their family to Weimar. In 1805 they removed to Lausanne, where Georgiana died on 6 April 1806 (see fol. 10, where 'poor Mrs H expired').
Diary of Mary Ann Flaxman in Weimar, Bruckenau and Lausanne, and travelling back across Germany to Cuxhaven to return to England. The diary for 1806 part is written in the Almanach de Lausanne for that year; the 1805 diary is written on blank pages bound in towards the end of the volume.
The brief diary relates to the Hare family's stay in Germany and Switzerland, and their return to England after the death of Mrs Hare in April 1806 (see the Biographical History). It includes:
Bought, P.J. & A.E. Dobell, April 1921
Flaxman family papers are in the British Library, Add MSS 39780-93, including some correspondence of Mary Ann Flaxman, and (Add MS 39792 B-E) her sketchbooks.
This is a recataloguing of an entry in M. Clapinson and T. Rogers Summary Catalogue of Post-medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1991), vol. 1, p. 673, SC 45961. The diary was purchased in 1921, and the author remained unidentified until now.
Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. f. 48].