Letter from Francis William Topham to Miss Holland


One of two Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) by Francis William Topham. This letter is to Miss Holland, evidently about an artists' petition to prevent the building of a railway line that "will do much towards destroying one of the most beautiful valleys in the world." Francis William Topham (1808-1877) was a watercolour painter, traveller in Spain, and illustrator of Dickens. Dickens recruited Topham to his amateur theatrical company, the Guild of Literature and Art, and the painter frequently performed with Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and the artists Clarkson Stanfield and John Tenniel. Part of a collection of letters written by illustrators of Charles Dickens' works.

In Collection:
Creator Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 1 leaf (folded)
Alternative title
  • Letters from Francis William Topham
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 51.50853, -0.12574
  • 52.16045, -0.70312
Additional physical characteristics
  • Handwritten on both sides of a single folded leaf with letterhead titled "Warwick House, 86. Adelaide Road. N. W."
  • 19th Century Manuscripts Collection
  • For further information please contact Special Collections and University Archives.
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2021-010
  • File: 1.17
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • June 16, 2021
Technical note
  • 800 dpi TIFF. Metadata by KD.

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