Correspondence of Bradbury and Evans, mainly relating to Punch

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Bradbury and Evans, mainly relating to Punch, 1833-1900. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically, and as well as letters from the regular staff of Punch, the collection also includes letters from Wilkie Collins, Charles Kingsley, Bulwer Lytton, Harriet Martineau, George Meredith, John Everett Millais, Charles Reade, Alfred Tennyson, William Thackeray and Anthony Trollope. Many of the letters from Punch illustrators contain sketches and cartoons.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bradbury and Evans (which became Bradbury and Agnew in 1872) was a printing firm. The firm owned the title Punch from 1842, until it was sold to United Newspapers in 1969.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1977.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.