Papers of Sir Augustus and Maria, Lady Callcott

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. a. 2002, b. 2020-6, c. 2725-35, d. 2263-93, e. 2425-32
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Scope and Content

The Callcott papers consist of:

  • Papers of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, including journals and commonplace books, notes on family history, notes on painting theory, techniques and art history, and miscellaneous material
  • Papers of Maria, Lady Callcott, including journals and commonplace books, memoirs, manuscripts of her own works and miscellaneous material
  • Papers of other members of the family

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1884) was a landscape painter. Maria, Lady Callcott (1785-1842) was an author and traveller. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Acquisition Information

The papers were transferred to the Library from the Ashmolean Museum in 1987, and from University College, London, in 1989.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Custodial History

Some of the papers were given to the Ashmolean Museum in 1980.

Related Material

See also Papers of the Horsley Family, 19th-20th cent. The Horsley family were related to the Callcotts through the marriage of Sir Augustus's niece, Elizabeth Wall Callcott to William Horsley.