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Harry Furniss illustrated letter to Mary Jeune, Lady St. Helier


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

Irish caricaturist and illustrator Henry (Harry) Furniss (1854-1925) worked for a wide range of periodicals, including

The Graphic, Black and White, Good Words, Pall Mall, Pearson’s, and Punch.

Furniss joined the

Punch staff in 1884 and remained there for fourteen years, during which time he drew 2,600 cartoons and illustrations. In addition, Furniss wrote and illustrated twenty-nine books, and contributed to thirty-four works written by other authors, including those of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Lewis Carroll.

Information derived from dealer description. Jenson, John, “Henry (Harry) Furniss (1854-1925),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2016.

This collection comprises a single, illustrated autograph letter signed with an additionally initialed post script from Irish illustrator and caricaturist Harry Furniss (1854-1925) to literary hostess Lady St. Helier.

The letter is written on printed letterhead of The Mount, High Wickham, Hastings, and is dated 12 June 1909. In the letter, Furniss sends Lady St. Helier his permanent address and notifies her of her previous note’s arrival. Included in the letter is an illustration of a group of people (and two cats) seated and absorbed in reading.

MSS 0099, F1008: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes

Purchase, February 2016

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Finding Aid Date
2016 May 6
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Collection Inventory

Illustrated letter to Mary Jeune, Lady St. Helier, 1909 June 12.
Box 65 Folder F1008

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