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Wicksted, Charles, 1796–1870

Charles Wicksted commonplace book.

England, 1833-circa 1870.
Physical Description:
1 volume : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6245.W53 C66 1833 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Charles Wicksted (1796-1870), was the son of George Tollet, and took the name Wicksted in 1814. He was High Sheriff of Cheshire, 1822, and inherited Betley Hall, Staffordshire, in 1855, but continued living at Shakenhurst, Worcestershire, the home inherited by his wife, to which he had moved ca. 1844. He was a noted foxhunter and breeder of hounds, and author of The Cheshire hunt in song, 1837. He was a childhood friend of Charles Darwin, who corresponded with him about hounds in 1844 in researching into the variation of plants and animals.
Bound in contemporary blind-stamped black morocco; with gilt edges.
Manuscript commonplace book compiled by Charles Wicksted, circa 1833-1870. The album includes a wide variety of original prose, verse, and illustrated material, with contributions from friends and family. Most material has been written directly onto the album pages, but there is also a fair amount of inserted content, including a number of letters in their original envelopes (which have been mounted to leaves in the album).
Among the prose is a piece on "Rules and Regulations to promote regularity at Lord O'Neill's Shane Castle, Ireland." There are a good number of unpublished poems, including many on hunting themes: "A good morning gallop for one, written for the Tarporley Hunt meeting, 1838"; "To a young lady with a fox's brush"; "Reminiscences of the shows of fox hounds at Osberton"; "Sitwell in the saddle"; "For Tarporley Hunt, 1834"; "A ditty composed at Mortimer Cross. Xmas 1855." The volume also includes charades, riddles, acrostics, rebus letters, and comic illustrations, including: "C.W.'s dreams after the Newport Ball"; "Effects of opening a bottle of soda water." Also includes "the account of the childrens' schooling," dated 1773.
Wicksted was a friend of Agnes Strickland, who contributes a printed sheet containing her verse on "The launch of the life-boat," which she has inscribed "with love and best wishes, Sept 9th, 1858." There is also a letter from Strickland to Mrs Wicksted, arranging a lunch appointment and looking forward to meeting "your clever sister."
Includes a Christmas card, circa 1860, of intricately cut silver-tinted paper, incorporating three cobweb-style illustrations. Each cobweb comprises a radiating cut-paper latticework which, when lifted (via small threads) reveal chromolithographed illustrations (on Christmas themes) beneath.
Subject Terms:
Hunting -- Poetry.
Strickland, Agnes, 1796-1874.
Tollet family.
Wicksted family.
Wicksted, Charles, 1796-1870.
Commonplace books -- 1833-1870.
Cut-paper works.
Cobwebs (Paperwork)
Christmas cards.
Ink drawings.
Strickland, Agnes, 1796-1874.

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