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The visit of a week : short measure.

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Short measure

Yorkshire, circa 1835?
Physical Description:
1 v. (42 p.) ; 20 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA670.Y6 V57 1835
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
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Archives & Manuscripts
On blue tinted paper, embossed in upper left corner: Moinier's patent.
Binding: stitched with red silk in decorative embossed card covers.
Manuscript poem, in a single hand, recounting a week in the life of an affluent Quaker family of Yorkshire, illustrated with 33 small pen and ink sketches. The original and unpublished verse is almost certainly for the amusement of the author or her family. The author is unidentified, but the text makes multiple references to Yorkshire, as well as Burstall (i.e. Birstall); the family home is called varyingly "Goldenrood" and "Goldrood." The plot is uneventful, as the author tells of routine encounters with family and acquaintances, with sentiments at times pious, at other times peevish. Most of the author's time is spent with sisters or other female family, but she also meets several notable Quakers, including the poet Lucy Barton (daughter of Bernard Barton and, briefly, wife of Edward FitzGerald), who dines with the author's family, as does Samuel Tuke, the prominent asylum reformer and philanthropist.
The small illustrations are closely integrated with the text, and show many scenes of the author, her family, and acquaintances in various domestic settings, indoors and out. Women are frequently depicted wearing bonnets. There are illustrations of the family at tea, dining, sewing around a table or fireplace, or reading. There is also a view of the house, another of a garden pavilion, and a self portrait showing the author sketching the lawn through an open window. Two illustrations depict the family carriage.
Subject Terms:
Birstall (Yorkshire, England)
Carriages & coaches -- England -- 19th century.
Domestic life -- England -- 19th century.
Interiors -- England -- 19th century.
Quaker women -- England -- Yorkshire -- 19th century.
Quakers -- England -- Yorkshire -- 19th century.
Ink drawings.

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