Watercolour sketches of the English Lake District by Reverend John Eagles (1783-1855),artist and writer, 1812

Scope and Content

The paintings are contained in a small sketchbook entitled '6 Views of The Lakes 1812 by JohnEagles'. The first page bears the date 22 September 1812 and the name of the town, Keswick whereEagles was probably based during his visit to the Lakes. His watercolours, in pencil and grey wash,are of Grasmere, Rydal House and Rydal Water, Ullswater, a pass near Buttermere, and Borrowdale.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Eagles was born in the parish of St Augustine, Bristol in 1783, the son of Thomas Eagles(1748-1812), a classical scholar. He was educated at Winchester College and later, with a view toordination, at Wadham College, Oxford (BA 1812, MA 1818). His curacies were at St. Nicholas,Bristol; Hambleton, Devon; Winford, Bristol; and Kinnersley, Herefordshire. Eagles was a keenpainter, etcher and poet. In 1841, he retired and returned to Bristol where he died in 1855.


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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the paintings. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Separated Material

  • Bristol Record Office: Literary and artistic manuscripts and correspondence of John Eagles,1800-1853. Reference: 41213
  • University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Manuscript volumeof poetry by Rev. John Eagles, 1826. Reference: MS 42

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the paintings must be sought in advance in writingfrom the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The provenance of the paintings immediately before their acquisition by the library of UniversityCollege Nottingham in 1945 is not known. They were transferred to the University of Nottingham'sDepartment of Manuscripts in 1980.

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