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W. Burt scrapbook : manuscript.

England?, 1820s?-1867 (bulk 1820s)
Physical Description:
1 volume (80 pages) : illustrations (some color) ; 44 x 27 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Acq 20181219b
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Title devised by cataloger.
Compiler is unknown, but with possible relation to the Burt family based on the leather label on the front cover, a watercolor drawing of Cannington Church signed by "Lieut. T.S. Burt" and annotated "Rev. Charles H. Burt," and newspaper clipping of a wedding announcement for Major Thomas Seymour Burt, F.R.S., and Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Seaton Forman, Esq., of Pippbrook House, Surrey.
Scrapbook is undated. Possible date of production based on much of the volume's content being concerned with figures in the 1820s or before, in addition to the inclusion of a newspaper clipping featuring a wedding announcement dated to be from 1867.
Bound in half morocco and marbled boards, with red leather label lettered "W. Burt" in gilt on front cover. Recased and rebacked with matching leather.
Scrapbook of cut-out printed illustrations, clippings of printed text, and micro-writing pasted onto pages of colored paper. Many of the pages indicate an intentional design and an artful organization of content. There is a striking number of examples of micro-writing or miniature writing throughout the volume. Micro-writing content includes epitaphs, historical anecdotes, poetry, sayings, quotes, short excerpts, aphorisms, and epigrams. Manuscript text is mounted on colored paper and decorated with strips of gold trim. Printed text is comprised of primarily labels or captions accompanying illustration content. The volume features a variety of printed illustrations that have been intricately cut out and pasted onto the pages. Illustrated content includes portraits, butterflies, shells, fish, architecture, scenes, and scenery. Some illustrations feature racist caricatures or are accompanied by offensive descriptions. Notable figures include Billy Waters, Shakespeare, George Washington, George Morland, Blue Beard, Mrs. Woffington (i.e. Margaret Woffington), Richard Brothers, Miss Farren (i.e. Elizabeth Farren), and Miss Greene of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden (i.e. Lucy Ann Bedford). The compiler of the scrapbook appears to have had an interest in contemporary British theater, as many of the portraits in the volume are of contemporary British actors and actresses. Some illustrations may also possibly be from toy theaters.
Subject Terms:
Actors -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Bedford, Lucy Ann, 1801-1833.
Bluebeard (Legendary character).
Brothers, Richard, 1757-1824.
Farren, Elizabeth, 1762-1829.
Morland, George, 1763-1804.
Theater -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Waters, Billy, active 18th century.
Woffington, Margaret, -1760.
Prints (visual works)
Burt, Charles Henry, Rev. 1793-1825.
Burt, Thomas Seymour, 1805-1890, artist.

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