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Muriel, Catharine.
Catharine Muriel commonplace book.
England, 1824-1835.
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1 v. ([210] p.) : ill. ; 23 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process PN6245.M87 C66 1833
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Commonplace book kept by Catharine Muriel, compiles from 1824 to 1835. The name "Catharine Muriel" with the date 1824 is stamped in gilt on the upper cover with the erased name "Henry W.Branwhite" underneath. The album features a fairly standard selection of poets, among them Montgomery, Mrs. Hemans, Bernard Barton, Thomas Moore and Miss Mitford. There are also a number of original pieces including some by members of the Muriel family and one by Rebecca Branwhite, dated September 1826. Also present are a number of engravings and competent original drawings as well as three silhouettes. Internal evidence shows it likely that Catharine Muriel came from or settled in Lavenham, Suffolk. However, the main interest in the album lies in two drawings. One is of a man in profile signed with the initials N.C.B., i.e. Nathan Cooper Branwhite (1774/5-1857). The eldest son of Peregrine Branwhite, minor poet and shopkeeper of Lavenham, Suffolk, Nathan Cooper Branwhite exhibited 13 miniatures in ivory at the Royal Academy between 1802 and 1828. By 1810 he had settled in Bristol where he became the leading miniature painter in the years 1810 to 1840. The drawing is on earlier paper than the album and laid down on black paper with an embossed gold paper frame. The subject, alas, is unidentified. It would appear to date from early in Branwhite's career, and given the album's family connection, may be of a relative.The second drawing is of a port scene and is signed Nathan Branwhite Junior and dated 21 June 1827. The son of Nathan Cooper Branwhite, Branwhite Junior (1813-1894) was primarily a portrait painter. He exhibited with the Bristol School of Artists in the 1830s. His port scene is not of Bristol and may be somewhere in Suffolk.
Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped red morocco, with gilt edges.
Subject Terms:
English poetry -- 19th century.
Muriel, Catharine.
Commonplace books -- 1824-1835.
Branwhite, Nathan Cooper, 1775-1857, ill.
Branwhite, Nathan Cooper, 1813-1894, ill.
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