Album of autograph letters, letter fragments, and cut away signatures, many of which are addressed to the English portrait painter and writer Martin Archer Shee. Apparantly partially compiled by Shee's daughter, Eliza Jane, the album represents the hands of hundreds of nineteenth-century British artists, writers, politicians, and royalty, as well as a number of notable continental Europeans of the period. The bulk of the manuscripts date from the first half of the nineteenth century. The earliest manuscript is a 1531 document on vellum signed by Francis I of France; the latest is a 1903 letter from British Army Genreal Archibald Hunter, to Shee's great-grandson, also named Martin Archer Shee (1873-1935).
Using the collection
LocationCarl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Third Floor, Room 319