The collection comprises of correspondence by Watts in his capacity as editor of the Annual Biography and Obituary regarding the Antarctic explorer James Weddell.
Walter Henry Watts collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Walter Henry Watts
- Dates of Creation1834
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (circa 5 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Walter Henry Watts was born in 1776. Educated in England he developed his skills as a miniature painter there. Between 1808 and 1830 Watts exhibited miniatures at the Royal Academy in London. In 1803, he was appointed parliamentary reporter at the Morning Post, joining the Morning Chronicle in 1813 in the same capacity. He continued to act as a parliamentary reporter until 1840, during which time he edited the Annual Biography and Obituary from its commencement in 1817 until 1831. He died in London on 4 January 1842.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Dictionary of National Biography volume 60, Smith, Elder & Co (1897)
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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