Letters of Sir Francis Powell (1833-1914)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of: receipt for Pounds Sterling 109. 4 shillings for three drawings, 1875; letter to Leslie Thomson about the Crystal Palace, 1893; letter to Hughes about a supper to be given, 1903; and, letter to Mr. Crawford, 1903.

Administrative / Biographical History

The watercolour painter Sir Francis Powell was born in Pendleton, Manchester, on 22 March 1833. He was educated at the Rev, Dr. Beard's School. He trained at Manchester School of Art. His paintings were of marine and lake views and in 1857 he went to live in Dunoon in the Clyde estuary. In 1877 he won the Haywood prize for the best watercolour exhibited in Manchester. When he was living in Glasgow in 1878 he became one of the founders of the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolour Painters. He was its first President. Works include Ben Nevis from Locheil, The Channel tug, Loch Corruisk, and The north of Arran. His work is displayed in the Victoria and Albert, in Dundee and Glasgow, in Manchester, and in Portsmouth. Powell was knighted in 1893. Sir Francis Powell died in Dunoon on 27 November 1914.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) McEwan, Peter J. M. Dictionary of Scottish art and architecture. pp.466-467. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1994. (2) Who was who ... 1897-1916. London: A. and C. Black, 1920.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.