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Photographs relating to the Shelley Family

 Single Item
MS. 21174 Photogr. 1
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Five black and white photographic prints:

  1. Theatre at Boscombe Manor, 16 Feb 1871 [removed from album].
  2. Jane, Lady Shelley in the conservatory at Boscombe Manor, by Jas. Habgood, Arcade, Boscombe, n.d. [late 19th century].
  3. Shelley House Chelsea Embankment (built 1878 by Sir Percy Florence Shelley) by Bedford Lemere & Co., 147 Strand, London, n.d. [late 19th century].
  4. Photograph of the Shelley Sanctum at Boscombe Manor, n.d. [late 19th century].
  5. 20th century copy photographic printout of Sir Percy Florence Shelley sat on a penny-farthing type bicycle, n.d. [original image late 19th century].


  • Creation: Creation: 1871-20th century
  • Creation: Creation: Majority of material found within 1871-late 19th century


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 21174 Photogr. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21174


Photographs relating to the Shelley Family, late 19th century.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Percy Florence Shelley (1819-1889) was the only surviving child of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) and his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley née Godwin (1797-1851). He became the 3rd Baronet of Castle Goring on the death of his grandfather, Sir Timothy Shelley (1753-1844), the 2nd Baronet.

Jane Gibson (1820-1899) was the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Gibson (a Newcastle banker) and Ann Shevill. She married, firstly, the Hon. Charles Robert St John (1807-1844), son of the 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke. In 1848, she married Sir Percy Florence Shelley. They had no children, but adopted Bessie Florence Gibson, Jane's niece.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Lord James Abinger, 2022.

Catalogue of photographs relating to the Shelley Family, 1871-20th century
Finding aid prepared by Rachael Marsay
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom