Lot 586
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 8,471) inc. premium
Lot Details
Fine collection, including autograph letters etc by William Morris, Lafayette, Talleyrand, Sir Walter Scott, George III (half-pay warrant signed, 1785), George IV (autograph letter - "As I know that You have no objection to Masquerades, I have taken the liberty of enclosing You two Tickets for Mrs Panton's, for Tonight", 1808, torn), Queen Victoria (pardon, signed, for two prisoners sentenced to transportation, 1850, with an autograph design and inscription for a casket to be given to a Spencer godchild), Elizabeth Fry (declining to authenticate a letter), Prince Kropotkin (preparing for a lecture), Soult, Massena, Edward VII (sketch), James Hadfield, assailant of George III (autograph verses from Bethlem Hospital), Richard Mounteney (1669), Dickens (signature), Sir John Stainer (group, about music education etc - "A good teacher knows exactly what course will be best for each child's special case: a casual inspector cannot tell, but yet will meddle with the Teacher"), Hubert Parry, Norman Shaw (group - "you could laugh at your leisure at the mistakes an architect can make when he builds his own house"), Cardinal Fesch, the Chartist Thomas Cooper, Napier of Magdala, Mary Linwood (an invitation to her needle work exhibition at Leicester Square, 1829), Walter Crane (group), Frederick Goodall, E.W. Cooke, Edward Poynter, William Huggins, Charles Eastlake, Frederic Leighton, H.S. Marks, Seymour Haden, Thomas Chalmers, Hiram S. Maxim, Hubert von Herkomer, William Simpson, Alma Tadema, Birkett Foster, George du Maurier, Adam Clarke (series), J.E. Millais, G.F. Watts, many Liberal politicians, Field Marshal Roberts (group), W.H. Flower, E. Ray Lankester, and many others; with a wide range of printed ephemera, including attractive menus, programmes and invitations, in six albums, folders, or boxes, and loose, mostly 19th century


  • The bulk of these papers are addressed to (Sir Thomas) Buxton Morrish (1839-1909), Secretary of the National Liberal Club and of the Art Union. He was a partner in the well-known firm of jewellers and silversmiths, Howell, James & Co of Regent Street (for whom Queen Victoria made the sketch of a godchild's casket described above). He was married to Sarah Nash Gabriel (1844-1930). With her husband she was to host concerts and amateur dramatics at Leonard House in Upper Tulse Hill, Streatham. Of particular note is a fine series of long illustrated letters to the family, especially the children, by their Tulse Hill neighbour, Margaret Lindsay Huggins, the astronomical spectroscopist and photographer; together with letters by her husband, the astronomer William Huggins, one of which discusses colour photography.

    The collection also contains material by Lady Morrish's father, Christopher Gabriel, timber merchant (possibly identifiable with the London planemaker of that name, or his son). Another recipient, also presumably a forebear, is John Thurston, 'father' of the modern billiard table (who introduced the slate bed in 1826 and the rubber cushion in 1835 and who in 1799 founded the company that bears his name). The collection includes a group of letters to Thurston by the Duke of Marlborough, ordering tables for Blenheim, and other distinguished clients. Thurston is also responsible for a number of letters and appeals by Polish patriots to be found in the collection. Also represented is Robert Howden, a manufacturer who is known to have supplied stoves to Sir John Soane. Two letters to him by Richard Laurence of Christ Church, Oxford, discuss the installation of "Air Dispensers" in the Bodleian Library in 1821.
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