Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rossetti mss., 1817-1893, consist of the correspondence of poet Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1830- 1894, and her two brothers: painter, poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-1882, and author, critic William Michael Rossetti, 1829-1919. The collection also contains two letters to their grandfather, translator Gaetano Polidori and two letters to their aunt, Charlotte Polidori. The manuscripts were collected as a memorial to the Rossettis by William Michael Rossetti and presented to William Cushing Bamburgh in 1893. Many of the items carry W.M. Rossetti's pencilled notes of explanation and identification.

Other correspondents include William Cox Bennett, Eleanor Vere (Gordon) Boyle, Anna Eliza (Kempe) Stothard Bray, Ford Madox Brown, Sir Hall Caine, Sir Sidney Colvin, John Charles Cox, Rose Mary (Yeates) Crawshay, William Davies, Harry Buxton Forman, Frederick James Furnivall, John Stuart Stuart Glennie, James Hannay, Francis Hueffer, John Henry Ingram, Alexander Ireland, Thomas Heath Joyce, Norman Maccoll, David M. Main, Sir Frank Thomas Marzials, Joaquin Miller, Edward Moore, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, John Murray, John Trivett Nettleship, Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel, Charles Patrick O'Conor, Charles Kegan Paul, Henry Stephens Salt, William Sharp, Frederic James Shields, Sarah Siddons, Frederic George Stephens, William Cave Thomas, John Todhunter, Theodore Watts-Dunton, and Thomas James Wise.

Also included in the collection are portions of envelopes addressed to William Michael Rossetti from Arthur James Balfour, Harry Quilter, Algernon Charles Swinburne, George Frederick Watts, and Walt Whitman.

Printed items include an admission card to the funeral of Sir Rowland Hill in Westminster Abbey, September 4, 1879.

Collection size: 67 items

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