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Kelmscott Manor Photographs

Frederick H. Evans (British, London 1853–1943 London)

Artist:
Unknown (British)
Artist:
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (British, Brighton, Sussex 1872–1898 Menton)
Date:
1896
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
Purchase, David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
68.519
Rights and Reproduction:
© Janet M. Stenner
  • Description

    Kelmscott Manor was the country home of William Morris (1834-1896), poet, craftsman, designer, socialist reformer, and founder of the English Arts and Crafts movement. He and his wife Jane shared the house with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti from 1871 to 1874, and it remained a country retreat for Morris and the artists and intellectuals in his circle until his death. At Morris' request, the bookseller and photographer Evans visited the old gray manor on the banks of the Thames in order to photograph it. This rare album, one of only two known to exist, was assembled by the photographer and contains thirty-one platinum prints, each carefully mounted on colored papers. In this photograph, Evans infused the bare and rambling space of the attic with a sense of harmony and spirituality that would later characterize his photographs of England's great cathedrals.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Bookplate affixed to front endpaper "Frederick H. Evans", with quotes from Bacon, Shakespere, and Milton, designed by Frederick Colin Tilney.

  • Provenance

    Frederick Evans; Evan Evans

  • Notes

    Inserted at rear endpaper folder labelled "A Souvenir of Aubrey Beardsley" containing a Beardsley drawing & 1 platinum print portrait of Beardsley by F.H. Evans. Hinged in at rear endpaper is 1 poem by Ernest Radford and 7 letters with 4 to Evans from Sidney Cockerell, secretary to William Morris, & 1 to Evans from Theodore Watts Dunton. Transcriptions of letters are on file.

    Inscriptions and dimensions:

    1. The Thames near Kelmscott Manor, 4 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.

    2. From the Meadows, 3 x 8 in.

    3. From the Fields, 3 x 6 in.

    4. Entrance, on right, 7 3/8 x 6 in.

    5. Main gate entrance, 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.

    6. Main entrance, 6 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.

    7. [Main entrance], 7 3/4 x 6 in.

    8. [Main entrance], 5 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.

    9. [Main entrance], 7 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.

    10. [Main entrance, with hedge], 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

    11. Garden, front, 6 x 7 7/8 in.

    12. [Garden, front], 7 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.

    13. In the Orchard, 5 5/8 x 8 in.

    14. Bed Morris was born in, 7 1/8 x 6 in.

    15. WM's bedroom, 6 3/4 x 6 in.

    16. Passage to Panelled room, 6 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.

    17. The Panelled Room, 6 x 8 in.

    18. The Green Room, 5 3/4 x 8 in.

    19. Tapestry Room, 6 1/4 x 8 in.

    20. [Tapestry Room], 5 1/2 x 6 5/8 in.

    21. [Tapestry Room], 6 x 4 in.

    22. [Tapestry Room], 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.

    23.The Tapestry Room, 7 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.

    24. From the Tapestry Room, 7 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.

    25. In the Attics, 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.

    26. In the Attics, 6 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.

    27. K. Church, 2 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.

    28. [Unidentified building], 5 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.

    29. [Unidentified buildings], 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 in.

    30. Tithe Barn, Great Cokkeswell, interior, 7 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.

    31. [Kelmscott Manor, behind hedges], 4 x 5 3/4 in.

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