Letters from Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (1809-1893), author, to Rawdon Brown (1803-1883), historian, 1877

Scope and Content

The collection comprises two letters from Lady Elizabeth Eastlake to Rawdon Brown, written in August and September 1877, just after Eastlake had returned to England from an extended stay in Venice. They refer to Eastlake's recent publication, 'Venice defended', which was published in the Edinburgh Review of July 1877, to Eastlake's other writing interests, and to Brown's encouragement of her work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (1809-1893), née Rigby, was a prolific author and translator, particularly interested in art and travel. She wrote reviews of art and literature, and articles on general matters for the 'Quarterly Review' from 1842 onwards, and published articles on art history in the 'Edinburgh Review' between 1872 and 1883. Other works included 'Residence on the Shores of the Baltic' (1841), 'Handbook of the History of Painting, Part I: The Italian Schools' (1851), a translation of Waagen's 'Treasures of Art in Great Britain' (1854-1857), and 'Five Great Painters', profiling Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael and Dürer (1883). Elizabeth Rigby married the artist Sir Charles Lock Eastlake in 1849, but was widowed in 1865.

Rawdon Lubbock Brown (1803-1883), historian and antiquary, lived in Venice from 1833 until his death. He was the editor for the 'Calendar of State papers and manuscripts, relating to English affairs, existing in the archives and collections of Venice...', published by HMSO from 1864-1881. The sixth volume was published posthumously by his executor, George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck.


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In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript catalogue, 3 pp.


Online catalogue accessible through the Manuscripts and Special Collections website.

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

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Custodial History

The collection was transferred from the University of Nottingham Library to the Department of Manuscripts in November 1972, having been discovered in the Library's copy of the Venetian State Papers.

Related Material

Further correspondence between Lady Eastlake and Rawdon Brown, 1854-1882 (Pw M 226-240)