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Commonplace book and album of Horace Hayman Wilson

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MS. Eng. misc. d. 1286
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Containing poems, pencil and pen-and-ink sketches (some humorous), engravings and watercolours. Many of the poems and sketches are by Wilson (some translated from Oriental languages), and some are by his wife Georgina Siddons; some are dated between 1829 and 1832 when Wilson was in India. The illustrations include:

  1. (fols. 27, 29, 43, 59-68 passim, 83, 104, 113v, 133v) Indian views, mostly of buildings, including (fol. 59) the Taj Mahal
  2. (fols. 19-44 passim, 77v) eight Company Paintings (Indian paintings commissioned by East India Company officials), probably contemporary with the manuscript
  3. (fol. 65) a view of Gloucester Cathedral.


  • Creation: 1829-1842


136 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc d. 1286, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. misc. d. 1286

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 22182


Commonplace book and album of Horace Hayman Wilson

Biographical / Historical

Horace Hayman Wilson (1786-1860) was Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by William Clowes, 8 Feb 1982.

Physical Facet

Gilt and blind-tooled purple calf

Commonplace book and album of Horace Hayman Wilson
EAD version 2022 by C. McIlwaine
EAD version 2022
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom