Fonds XZ5 MS A067 & XZ5 MS A068 - W.H. Bartlett collection

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W.H. Bartlett collection

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CA ON00344 XZ5 MS A067 & XZ5 MS A068

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  • 1960 (Creation)

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49 wash drawings and pencil sketches in hardbound picture album books 119 proof set of plates

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William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), was a British landscape artist famous for his illustrated travel books for George Virtue's publishing company in London, England. William apprenticed with John Britton between 1822 and 1829, and from 1844 he wrote, as well as illustrated his own travel books. William's practice, when travelling, was to make numerous lively sketches of the people, architecture and landscape that he saw. On his last trip, in 1854, he made a short stopover in Malta and turned ill and died probably by contracting cholera. He was buried at sea

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Collection was purchased in 1968 from a New York City art dealer for the University of Guelph by Alexander M. Ross, a professor of English at the University. Formal provenance for the hardbound picture album is lacking.

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The collection consists of original drawings by William Henry Barlett and other material collected by George Henry Virtue of Arthur Hall, Virtue and Co., Barlett's publisher. The collection consists of forty-nine wash drawings and pencil sketches, as well as books, primarily on religion and travel which are illustrated. The four books illustrated in the hard-cover album are: Footsteps of our Lord and his Apostles in Syria, Greece, and Italy, 1851; Pictures from Sicily, early 1853; The Pilgrim Fathers or The Founders of New England, in the Reign of James the first, late 1853; and Jerusalem Revisited, 1855. All were published in London by Arthur Hall, Virtue and Co.

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Reprography is allowed depending on the condition of material and the copyright.

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The library's online catalogue TRELLIS contains 51 specific entries under the author search "W.H. Bartlett Collection." Users may limit searches by applying keywords. More information on searching is located at

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Internet Catalogue of original pencil sketches and wash drawings located at:

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