Myles Birket Foster: Letters to Robert Dudley

Scope and Content

Letters to Robert Dudley at 31 Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill, with many of the original envelopes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899), painter, was born at North Shields, Northumberland, on 4 February 1825, and educated at a preparatory school in Tottenham and at the Quaker Academy at Hitchin, Hertfordshire. He was apprenticed to the wood-engraver Ebenezer Landells, 1841-1846, and thereafter worked as an illustrator, producing illustrations for editions by poets and prose writers. From 1858 he concentrated on painting, working largely in watercolour and on studies of roadside and woodland scenery. He died at Weybridge on 27 March 1899.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Deighton, Bell & Co., 27 February 1988.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Myles Birket Foster in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XXII (London, 1909), pp. 655-657.

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