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Briton Rivière Family Correspondence

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Rivière, Briton, 1840-1920

Briton Rivière (1840-1920) was a British artist and illustrator best known for his paintings of animals. Born into a family of artists, Rivière went on to study art with his father, William Rivière (1806–1876), at the Cheltenham School, and later, at Oxford University. He became associated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the early 1860s and made friends with many Victorian artists and writers.

Consists of a collection of over one hundred letters, primarily to Briton Rivière (1840-1920), the Victorian artist and illustrator, and to his family members, as well as some letters to others. One notable item is a 1872 letter by Charles Darwin relating to Rivière's illustration of two dogs for Darwin's The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). Members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and other Victorian artists and writers figure prominently among the correspondents, who include Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Frank Dicksee, Alfred Gilbert, Edmund Gosse, Anstey Guthrie, William Holman Hunt, George Dunlop Leslie, Frederick Lewis, Robert Walker Macbeth, John Everett Millais, George du Maurier, Edward Onslow-Ford, Edward Poynter, Linley Sambourne, John Singer Sargent, Herbert Spencer, John William Waterhouse, and others. Letters pertain to both personal and professional matters and are sometimes decorated with sketches and drawings. The collection sheds light on artistic cooperation, philanthropy, and friendship among a circle of predominantly English writers and artists in the late 19th century.

Letters are arranged alphabetically by the name of the sender, with some miscellaneous letters and other material at the end.

This collection of letters was passed down through the Rivière family via Briton Rivière's daughter, Theodora (Theo) Rivière, and her descendants.

Purchased from Maggs Bros Ltd. in 2019 (AM 2020-9).

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This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in September 2019. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in September 2019.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
2019
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Collection Inventory

Ainger, Alfred, 1891 June 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, 1889 March 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bancroft, Squire, 1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Barrett, Wilson, 1885 October 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bates, Harry, 1891 May 3. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Black, William, March 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Boughton, George Henry, 1889 July 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Brock, Thomas, 1882 November 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Brunton, Lauder, 1893 July 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, circa 1890s. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Calderon, Philip, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clausen, George, 1896 May 9. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Collier, John, 1890 December 18. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conan-Doyle, Arthur, 1910 September 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cope, Charles West, 1882 December 14. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Crofts, Ernest, 1893 May 3. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Crowe, Eyre, 1882 December 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Darwin, Charles, 1872 May 21. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Relates to Rivière's illustrations of dogs expressing various behaviors for Darwin's The Expressions in Man and Animals.

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1 folder

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Dicksee, Frank, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dobson, Austin, 1875 December 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

du Maurier, George, 1887 July 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Faed, Thomas, 1884. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fildes, Luke, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Flower, W. H., 1888 October 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ford, Edward Onslow, 1895-1897. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gilbert, Alfred, 1890-1892. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gilbert, John, December 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gosse, Edmund, 1885 May 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Graham, Peter, 1890 October 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Guthrie, Anstey, 1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hardy, Heywood, 1883 March 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hodgson, John Evan, 1890 November 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Holl, Frank, 1887 August 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Horsley, Victor, 1889 May 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hunt, William Holman, 1891 May 21. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Leader, B., 1883 March 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lehmann, Liza, 1891 June 23. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Leslie, George Dunlop, 1883-1885. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lewis, Frederick, 1892 August 14. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lidell, H. G., 1891 June 3. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Long, Edwin, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Macbeth, Robert Walker, 1853-1883. 1 folder.
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1 folder

MacKinlay, Antoinette Sterling, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

MacMillan, Hamish, 1893. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Marks, Henry Stacy, 1891 March 31. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Millais, John Everett, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Moore, Henry, 1885 June 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nettleship, John Trivett, 1890 March 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Parton, Ernest, 1893 May 3. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Percival, John, 1891 April 22. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poynter, Edward, 1889. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Richmond, William Blake, 1887-1888. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sambourne, Linley, 1893 June 11. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sant, James, March 18. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sargeant, John Singer, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Shaw, R. Norman, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Smith, Goldwin, 1884 December 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Spencer, Herbert, 1891 March 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

St. Paul's School, 1890. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Storey, George Adolphus, 1890 March 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Swan, John Macallan, 1889-1891. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Taylor, John Frederick, 1882 July 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Waterhouse, Alfred, 1890-1892. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Waterhouse, John William, December 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Waterlow, Ernest A., March 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Watts, G. F., undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Welldon, James Edward Cowell, 1890 July 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters from Others to Rivière, 1874-1893. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters from Others to Rivière, Family, and Others, 1885-1901. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of additional letters, some of which are to Rivière and family and many to various others. Letters to others include: two letters to Roland Mott; a letter to F. Bodington; Joseph Noel Paton to Joseph Farquharson; Edward White Benson to Waddington; Victor Horsley to D. Colgate; Sir John Eric Erichsen to Mrs. Colgate regarding William Frederick Yeames; Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay, to Martelli; Cecilia M. Hutchinson to Mrs. Helps, among others.

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1 folder

Envelopes and Signatures, circa 1880s-1890s. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photograph Postcard of Briton Rivière, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Signed by Rivière.

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1 folder

Print, Suggest