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Muriel, Catharine

Catharine Muriel commonplace book : manuscript.

England?, 1825-circa 1840.
Physical Description:
1 volume (228 pages, some blank) : illustrations ; 23 x 17 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6245.M87 C66 1833
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Title devised by cataloger.
The name "Henry W. Branwhite" is embossed between the name "Catharine Muriel" and the date "1824" on the front cover. The name appears to have previously been stamped in gilt as well, but was erased and crossed out with graphite.
While the front cover is marked 1824 and one drawing that resembles overlapping letterforms is dated 1817, the paper is watermarked 1825. The majority of the entries are dated, with the latest dated entry from 1840.
The volume includes a graphite drawing of a man in profile, signed with the initials "N.C.B" which possibly refer to the artist Nathan Cooper Branwhite, and a graphite drawing of a port scene, signed "Nathan Branwhite Jun., June 21st 1827."
Embossed bookplate on the inside of the front cover. A yellow and red crest with a blue boar on top is drawn in the center of the bookplate with "Firmum in vita nihil" written in a blue banner below.
Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped red morocco, with gilt edges and marbled endsheets.
Manuscript commonplace book with entries written in ink, primarily in a single hand, likely compiled by Catharine Muriel. The volume contains lines of verse, excerpts of poems and prose, epigrams, epitaphs, and descriptive notes on architectural subjects and historical figures. Many of the entries are also written, dated, and signed in different hands, likely friends and acquaintances of Catharine Muriel. Content in different hands include reflections, excerpts, poems, and notes, as well as letters addressed to Catharine Muriel. Illustrative content present in the volume ranges from engraved prints to drawings in ink, graphite, or watercolor, as well as silhouettes and printed portraits. Flowers, music, art, architecture, and religion are common themes found across the volume.
Subject Terms:
Architecture, English.
Muriel, Catharine.
Alba amicorum.
Commonplace books.
Graphite drawings.
porcelain cards (trade cards)
Branwhite, Nathan Cooper, 1775-1857, illustrator.
Branwhite, Nathan Cooper, 1813-1894, illustrator.

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