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Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821
Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of a disbound copy of The Intimate Letters of Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington, 1788-1821, published in London in 1914 and edited by Oswald G. Knapp, which has been extra-illustrated with over 200 original letters by both women and over 300 contemporary views and caricatures.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The colletion consists of a disbound copy of The Intimate Letters of Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington, 1788-1821, published in London in 1914 and edited by Oswald G. Knapp, which has been extra-illustrated by the addition of 198 holograph letters of Mrs. Piozzi wholly or partially published in the text, together with a large number of other letters, poems, anagrams, epigrams, and prologues by Mrs. Piozzi; a series of important letters by Mrs. Pennington; numerous letters and portraits of other persons referred to in their correspondence; and over 300 contemporary views and caricatures. Included are an 18th-century map of Bath and a series of twelve prints (1857) by Thomas Rowlandson, entitled The Comfortsof Bath.


The correspondence roughly follows the order of the printed book. The contemporary views and caricatures are near the letters in which they are mentioned.

Collection Creator Biography:

Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821

Hester Lynch Piozzi and her first husband, Henry Thrale, a wealthy brewer, were English patrons of the arts. Numerous 18th-century English celebrities regularly visited their estate, including Joshua Reynolds, Edmund Burke, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Robert Chambers, Charles and Fanny Burney, and James Boswell. Dr. Sameul Johnson had his own rooms in the house and was treated as a permanent member of the family. After Thrale's death, Mrs. Thrale married Gabriel Piozzi, an Italian music master, in 1784.

Collection History


The manuscripts and other material were collected and arranged by A. M. Broadley and were formerly in the famous Johnson collection of the late R. B. Adam.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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The collection is open for research.

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Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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