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Commonplace book of verse and drawings

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MS. 16160
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Bernard Quaritch Ltd. Sales Catalogue 1440: English Books and Manuscripts describes as:

Large album with white and coloured papers and card (the white watermarked 1824); c. 43 pages of verse, most in a single calligraphic hand, with a few additions in other hands; the other contents include a number of small drawings and engraved portraits; a few items now missing, in mid-contemporary red straight-grain morocco, decorated in blind and gilt; several pieces signed 'JMW', with an ownership signature on the front paste-down dated [18]57.

Pasted on the rear free endpaper of the commonplace book is a moveable, encircled in verse: 'This pretty Mansion Monsieur Souris Hall, Is now on sale and may be view’d by all. Just lift the latch and you may see the house, But with due caution, or you’ll scare a Mouse.' Pulling the tag on the sketch of the cottage upwards reveals a delicate paper cage in the form of a dome, and a mouse sitting on the chequerboard kitchen floor, suspended from a string.

Other contents include poems by Young, Byron, Mary Russell Mitford, Alaric Watts, Bowring and Longfellow, as well as a number of possibly original pieces; watercolour paintings of the eruptions of Vesuvius in 1804 and 1771; a drawing of the Rangoon stockade, and one of a 'subaltern officer in Turkish costume', dated 1823; and a series of six card sized caricatures by 'FCK', including one of 'Painter Pug' (i.e. Hogarth) at an easel, and one of 'a Patriot', complete with Liberty cap.

Mostly 1820s-1860s.


  • Creation: 1820s-1860s


1 box (1 volume)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 16160].

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MS. 16160

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16160


Commonplace book of verse and drawings.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd., Catalogue 1440: English Books and Manuscripts, on 6 Aug 2019.

Commonplace book of verse and drawings
Finding aid prepared by Gemma Kennish Persello
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom