COLERIDGE FAMILY, INCLUDING HARTLEY and DERWENT
Lot 299
COLERIDGE FAMILY, INCLUDING HARTLEY and DERWENT
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,201) inc. premium

Lot Details
COLERIDGE FAMILY, INCLUDING HARTLEY and DERWENT
Property of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's direct descendant
COLERIDGE FAMILY, INCLUDING HARTLEY and DERWENT
Collection of manuscripts, ephemera and photographs, including autograph verses by Hartley Coleridge "On the death of the new-born Twins" (written on the death of his sister Sara's twins, Florence and Berkeley, in 1834), in a later wrapper addressed to her; papers signed by Derwent Coleridge relating to his brother Hartley's estate, including a list of his debts and the official residuary account (including among his assets "The Value of one third part of the Copyright of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Esy.re the Father of the intestate who died in 1834 having bequeathed his personal estate to his three children equally [at £100]/ D[itt]o of the Copyright of the intestate's literary works [at £30]", and the certificate of administration, 1849; an autograph letter by Southey's daughter Katharine, writing from Lainbeck near Keswick, to her first cousin, Coleridge's daughter Sara, commiserating with her on the death of her brother Hartley in 1849 ("...as Herbert says very beautifully 'All seem so sorry as if he was the Child of the Whole Vale.' Dearest Sara I will say no more – dear Hartley's will be a 'living name' among those hills & Dales – the World has lost I think without comparison the first Poet of his generation..."); correspondence of William Rennell Coleridge, including letters to him by his father, W.H. Coleridge, Bishop of Barbados, his mother, Sarah Elizabeth, sister, Sarah Anne, John Duke, Lord Coleridge, and Edward Coleridge, letters by him when a child to his parents in Barbados and aunt Elizabeth, plus two Eton reports by Edward Coleridge; ecclesiastical certificates of George May Coleridge, son of STC's brother George; letters by Charlotte M. Yonge, seemingly to Sir John Taylor Coleridge; an off-print of STC's Notes on Stillingfleet (1875), one of thirty copies; unused scenic Lake District writing paper; E.H. Coleridge's retained draft of a letter to Gordon Wordsworth of 1908 ("...I received this morning a packet of most interesting Malta & other papers, which were I suppose left behind at Allan Bank 100 yr. ago..."), with a note of its (separate) provenance; an autograph note by Robert Southey to Henry Nelson Coleridge, and the memorial printing of Wordsworth's lines on Southey's monument ('Ye torrents, foaming down the rocky steeps...')

Footnotes

  • THE COLLECTON INCLUDES WHAT APPEARS TO BE A HITHERTO UNKNOWN DAGUERREOTYPE OF HARTLEY COLERIDGE: this shows an elderly white haired, and bewhiskered, gentleman, seated half-length, wearing a white upturned collar, broad black cravat, white shirt and dark frock-coat, facing to his left and bearing a stern expression (contained in the original velvet-lined fitted and clasped roan case, 53 x 43 mm). Family tradition holds that this shows Hartley, who died in 1849. Although this daguerreotype is not easy to read, the sitter certainly resembles Hartley, as shown in the only image of him as an adult of c.1845, reproduced in his ODNB entry, which was published as both an engraving and lithograph (and which might possibly itself derive from a daguerreotype).

    The collection also includes an albumen carte-de-visite photograph of a smiling man looking down at an open book which family tradition also holds to be of Hartley. Once again this conforms with the 1845 engraving. It has however been heavily retouched in the negative, which suggests that it may be a re-photograph of a daguerreotype: the albumen print itself dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth-century and bears the studio stamp of the Grasmere schoolmaster and photographer, W. Baldry. The same retouched image is illustrated by Herbert Hartman, Hartley Coleridge: Poet's Son and Poet, 1931, facing p. 146, where it is captioned: 'Hartley Coleridge. From a daguerreotype furnished by Herbert Bell, Esq'.

    Also included in the lot is a gilt-highlighted silhouette of Derwent as a young man, with the label of J.H. Gillespie, in a black papier mâché frame (identification in a modern hand); an albumen cabinet photograph of Derwent in clerical dress by Maull of London; and an ambrotype of a bewhiskered gentleman, dating from the third quarter of the nineteenth century and possibly Coleridge's grandson and editor, E.H. Coleridge.
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