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Commonplace Book of Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Volume 2, 1840-57

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Inventory Number: 11893
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Brief Description: Contents include (see separate entries): three cyanotypes of lace; salted paper print of Sir David Brewster; salted paper print of John Fleming; salted paper print of Hugh Miller and John Robertson. Among much else, there is also a remarkable self-portrait of Charles Piazzi Smyth.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
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Vellum

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Photograph (Salted Paper Print) of Sir David Brewster, Probably by Robert Adamson, 1843

Inventory Number: 11893
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Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.159v, top, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Salted paper print from a calotype negative of Sir David Brewster, seated half length, facing front but his body slightly to left. Reddish brown at centre, but discoloured to slightly greenish sepia over most of its surface due to the adhesive; face and hair are white, and the features very clear. Several ink stains. Unusually for a calotype, it has a white border; an intrinsic negative number ending '5' can be seen top left. Captioned (beneath, on the album page) 'Sir David Brewster.'. The relatively straightforward pose (compared to the more painterly poses favoured by Hill) and the absence of this image from the acknowledged corpus of Hill and Adamson's work (unlike the two companion photographs on the same and facing pages), suggests that it may have been taken by Robert Adamson in the short period he practised as a portrait photographer before his collaboration with Hill commenced; its date would thus be 1843. It belonged to Brewster, and was given to John Lee for his commonplace book along with the two others. Brewster and his wife visited Hartwell House from October 18 to 21, 1851, and are among the visitors who sign f.156v of the volume.

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Primary Inscriptions: Inscribed on back: 'Sir D Brewster'.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939. The photograph was given to John Lee of Hartwell House by Sir David Brewster in 1851.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

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Photograph (Salted Paper Print) of John Fleming, by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, c.1843

Inventory Number: 11893
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Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.159v, bottom, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Salted paper print from a calotype negative of John Fleming, seated nearly three-quarter length, holding a book on his knee and resting his left elbow on a table, looking to right. Brown but faded and discoloured due to the adhesive, and also affected by the page opposite. Captioned (beneath, on the album page) 'Dr. Fleming - Free Church, Edinburgh.'. It belonged to Sir David Brewster, a friend of Fleming's, and was given to John Lee for his commonplace book along with two others on the same and facing pages. Brewster and his wife visited Hartwell House from October 18 to 21, 1851, and are among the visitors who sign f.156v of the volume.

John Fleming (1785-1857) was a leading Scottish naturalist and zoologist, author of an influential textbook, and professor at Aberdeen University, and afterwards from 1845 at the Free Church college in Edinburgh.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939. The photograph was given to John Lee of Hartwell House by Sir David Brewster in 1851.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

Narratives

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Photograph (Salted Paper Print) of Hugh Miller and John Robertson, by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, c.1843

Inventory Number: 11893
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Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.160r, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Salted paper print from a calotype negative of John Robertson and Hugh Miller, seated nearly full length in profile either side a table, Robertson left posed as if writing, his head in profile looking down, Miller in lowland dress right posed as if reading, his head in profile. Strong brown except at the two edges, which are discoloured due to the adhesive. Captioned (beneath, on the album page) Hugh Miller and 'John Roberts', the wrong way around, with a later note to that effect. It belonged to Sir David Brewster, and was given to John Lee for his commonplace book along with two others on the facing page. Brewster and his wife visited Hartwell House from October 18 to 21, 1851, and are among the visitors who sign f.156v of the volume.

Hugh Miller (1802-1856), the flamboyant Scottish geologist, was famous for wearing his traditional Scottish lowland dress of tweed with plaid overblanket.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939. The photograph was given to John Lee of Hartwell House by Sir David Brewster in 1851.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

Narratives

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Photograph (Cyanotype) of Lace in the Hartwell House Commonplace Book, c.1850

Inventory Number: 11893
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Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.157r, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Cyanotype of lace, showing three strips and two smaller pieces. Strong blue, unaffected by fading or adhesive, an unusually good specimen. Companion to two others mounted on the next page (see separate entries); the pieces of lace shown in all three are different. The inscription beneath is unrelated. There is no indication of the source or maker of these three blueprints, though they occur shortly before the three calotypes which belonged to Sir David Brewster; Brewster and his wife are among visitors to Hartwell House who sign the facing page. The pages containing and adjacent to the cyanotypes are dated October 1851.
For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

Narratives

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Photograph (Cyanotype) of Lace in the Hartwell House Commonplace Book, c.1850

Inventory Number: 11893
Object Type:
Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.158r, bottom, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Cyanotype of lace, showing two strips and two smaller pieces. Discoloured to yellowy sepia over most of its surface (due to the adhesive); bottom edge torn unevenly. Companion to two others, one mounted on the previous page and one above it on the same page (see separate entries); the pieces of lace shown in all three are different. There is no indication of the source or maker of these three blueprints, though they occur shortly before the three calotypes which belonged to Sir David Brewster; Brewster and his wife are among visitors to Hartwell House who sign the previous page. The pages containing and adjacent to the cyanotypes are dated October 1851.
For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

Narratives

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/11893

Photograph (Cyanotype) of Lace in the Hartwell House Commonplace Book, c.1850

Inventory Number: 11893
Object Type:
Brief Description: In MS Gunther 10, f.158r, top, Hartwell House commonplace book, volume 2. Cyanotype of lace, showing two strips and three smaller pieces. Slightly paled in middle (due to the adhesive). Companion to two others, one mounted on the previous page and one below it on the same page (see separate entries); the pieces of lace shown in all three are different. There is no indication of the source or maker of these three blueprints, though they occur shortly before the three calotypes which belonged to Sir David Brewster; Brewster and his wife are among visitors to Hartwell House who sign the previous page. The pages containing and adjacent to the cyanotypes are dated October 1851.
For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Provenance: Presented by Dr A. E. Gunther in 1986. Part of the collections of his father R. T. Gunther, founding Curator of the Museum, previously on loan to the Museum. R. T. Gunther purchased various Hartwell House manuscripts and books from the Hartwell House sales in 1939.
Collection Group: Gunther Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Vellum

Narratives

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