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De Worms, Louisa Matilda, 1876–1948
De Worms family scrapbook.
Egham, England, 1912-1913.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([25] p.) : ill. ; 31 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 20
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Jessica Helfand, Yale BA 1982, MFA 1989
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The De Worms family of Surrey were hereditary barons of the Austrian Empire; the family name appears frequently in listings of Jewish aristocrats in Britain. Baron Anthony D.M.G. De Worms (1869-1938) and his wife Louisa "Lulu" M. De Worms (1876-1948) had three children: Charles (1903-1979), George, (1904-1968), and Violet Henrietta (1912-1984). Charles De Worms achieved renown as a notable chemist at London and as an author of works on lepidoptera.
The front pastedown is inscribed, in a later hand: Found by Osman Otterway [?] at [Milton Park] Estate, Egham, Surrey. George de Worms, Milton Park, Egham.
Bound in contemporary red half roan and red cloth; spine lacking.
Scrapbook recording the family vacations of the De Worms family, of Milton Park, Egham, Surrey, in 1912 and 1913. The album includes original photographs of the family, additional ephemeral printed views of places visited, and diary-style entries recording the family's short motoring excursions or other summer recreations and socializing. Most of the content appears to cover family holidays, from August through December in 1912, and in April 1913. There is also an additional brief entry dated May 1922. The compiler of the scrapbook is almost certainly Baroness Louisa De Worms, who makes constant reference to her husband, Tony (Baron Anthony De Worms), and her children, Charlie, Georgie, and Mouffie. Diary entries are in a single hand, in pen and black ink. Many of the original photographs depict Charlie and George, and a fair number also depict Anthony; Louisa may thus have also been the primary photographer.
The family travels mostly within a day or two of Surrey, going to Winchester, Folkestone, Canterbury, and the New Forest. Their trips are largely planned around the time of the children's school holidays, in summer and at Easter. The family travels by automobile, and their motor car is depicted in several photos. A leisurely lifestyle is described on the album's pages, with games of croquet and cards, motoring expeditions, walks on the shore, butterfly hunting, sight-seeing, tennis, golf, and tea with family and friends featuring in some combination almost daily. The pursuit and capture of butterflies and moths is described at some length, with careful attention to species and capturing methodology. Several photographs depict the children with butterfly nets.
Subject Terms:
Automobile travel -- Great Britain.
Butterflies -- Collection and preservation -- Great Britain.
Canterbury (England) -- Description and travel.
De Worms, Anthony Denis Maurice George, Baron, 1869-1938.
De Worms, Charles George Maurice, Baron, 1903-1979.
De Worms, George, 1904-1968.
De Worms, Louisa Matilda, 1876-1948.
De Worms, Violet Henrietta, 1912-1984.
Folkestone (England) -- Description and travel.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Jewish families -- Great Britain.
New Forest (England : Forest) -- Description and travel.
Surrey (England) -- Description and travel.
Vacations -- Great Britain -- 20th century.
Winchester (England) -- Description and travel.
Worms family.
Photograph albums.

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