Early 19th century, assembled by Theophila Gwatkin (née Palmer)
containing c.205 letters, free fronts, cuts signatures, and other items, including Hannah More, autograph manuscript verse, 8 lines commencing "Like Hannibal, why dost thou come" ("The Dean of Canterbury [George Horne] to Bamber Gascoigne Esq: occasioned by his throwing a Crewet of vinegar on Miss Hannah More's apron"), 1 page; Jonathan Young of the British Institution, Pall Mall, thanking RL Gwatkin for the loan of Reynolds's portrait 'Miss Gwatkin', 15 October 1822; William, 6th Duke of Devonshire; John Fisher, Bishop of Exeter, to Theophila Gwatkin, 1805; and the signatures of two Asante Princes (William Ossoo Quantimissah and John Ossoo Ansah); 143 numbered leaves, small folio, red morocco gilt with armorial stamp centrepiece; partial index loosely inserted; wear to binding, numerous leaves cut where items excised
Many of the letters in this album were addressed to Theophila Gwatkin (1782-1844), a favourite neice of Joshua Reynolds, or her husband the Cornish landowner and High Sheriff, Robert Lovell Gwatkin (1757-1843). The album once included letters by Goldmsith, Burke, and others.
Sotheby's, 21 May 1968, lot 372
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