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Album of Original Autograph Letters Collected by Thomas Hartley Cromek in Preparation for the Biography of His Father, 1798-1833
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of nine bound volumes of papers of Robert and Thomas Hartley Cromek, father and son. It ranges in great detail over large tracts of art history from the early and middle parts of the nineteenth century, with firsthand information on the Cromeks, William Blake, Luigi Schiavonetti, J. M. W. Turner, John Pye, William Mulready, Thomas Bewick, John Constable, Thomas Stothard, and Clarkson Stansfield.
Bewick, Thomas: Album of original letters and manuscripts largely relating to Thomas Bewick. Letters and manuscripts tipped onto album leaves. 52 pages.
Cromek, R. H.: Album of original autograph letters collected by T. H. Cromek in preparation for the biography of his father. Original letters and documents tipped in.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley: A manuscript notebook by T. H. Cromek, in different styles of hand, ca. 150 pages. The first section to page 75 is dated 16 October 1851. With an essay on the origins of Stothard's Canterbury Pilgrims.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley:"Introductory Lessons in Hebrew Grammar." Manuscript. Signed"Thomas H. Cromek, November 6th 1861." 62 pages. THC published A Manual of Hebrew Verbs, 1851.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley:"Memorials of the Life of R.H. Cromek, Engraver, F.A.S. Edinburgh. Editor of the 'Reliques of Burns'; 'Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song.' With the unpublished correspondence on those works and other papers relative to his professional and literary career. Collected and edited by his son." Circa 200 pages. Preface dated Wakefield, 23 December 1864.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley: Quarto manuscript notebook. 80 pages. Neatly written. Signed"Thomas H. Cromek, May 1863" and entitled"Recollections of conversations with Mr John Pye, London 1864-4, with other matters relating to men of his time."
Cromek, Thomas Hartley: Extracts from articles and books in THC's autograph, chiefly from Gilchrist' Life of Blake, with THC's critical comments; transcriptions of letters, etc. ca. 115 pages. Dated December 1863.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley: Album of original letters from John Pye to T. H. Cromek. Signed"Thomas H. Cromek, Wakefield Dec. 8th 1864." Contains 22 ALsS from John Pye to T.H. Cromek from 3 September 1862 to 1 August 1866. Relating to R. H. Cromek, Turner, Pye, and the history of engraving.
Cromek, Thomas Hartley: A manuscript notebook in which is entered a formal chronological list of many hundreds of THC's watercolors, with details of titles, subjects, prices and purchasers; from 31 December 1834 to December 1872."Total from December 1834 to December 1872: - 478 pictures sold for £6777.12.0. i.e. average of £14-3-7 each. Maximum £80 (twice) 1847 and 1849." Purchasers include Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and Edward Lear. 61 pages.
- Custodial History:
By descent from T. H. Cromek. T. H. Cromek's daughter married John Warrington of Newland Hall, Wakefield. He was the father of Austin Warrington, whose son Paul Warrington inherited the Cromek archive and left the archive on his death to his wife, Jeanne Warrington, in 1992, who in turn left the archive to R. H. Cromek's great-great-great grandson Ian Warrington on her death in 2007, who sold the archive at Sothebys London in July 2008.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Album of Original Autograph Letters Collected by Thomas Hartley Cromek in Preparation for the Biography of His Father; Robert and Thomas Hartley Cromek papers, C1313, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1