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Edgeworth Family drawing album

Identifier: MSE/IR 1037B

Scope and Contents

One bound volume of drawings in various media (pencil, crayon, or ink, some with watercolor washes in color or grayscale). Drawings vary from about 3 cm x 3 cm to an entire page in size. Each has been trimmed from its source and tipped in or laid down on album plates; most plates contain multiple drawings. Images range from simple studies or sketches to finished, toned drawings. Two paper cut-work silhouette images also laid in; one mounted watercolor portrait of an Asian woman in traditional costume inserted between final pages.

Images range in content, and include portraits of people from diverse backgrounds including the Edgeworth family and other members of genteel society, as well as laborers, craft workers, and ordinary country folk. The images also depict Edgeworth home life, rural scenes, animals, buildings, ships, and decorative motifs. A number of the works appear to be illustrations for stories written by Maria Edgeworth.

The sketches are largely unsigned though most are attributed to Frances Anne Edgeworth and Charlotte Edgeworth. Other Edgeworth children, Honora, William, Harriet, Lucy Jane, and Michael Pakenham, are likely to have contributed.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1800 - 1806


Language of Materials

Some drawings captioned in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for material is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Anne (Beaufort) Edgeworth (1769–1865) married Richard Lovell Edgeworth in 1798, becoming his fourth wife and stepmother to a large family on the Edgeworthstown estate in County Longford, Ireland. She thus became stepmother to the writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), and they became very close friends. Frances had studied art with a number of artists including Frances Robert West, Master of the Dublin Society’s School of Figure Drawing. She encouraged and taught several of the Edgeworth children to draw.

Biographical / Historical

Charlotte Edgeworth (1783-1807) was Frances Anne Edgeworth's stepdaughter. By the time of her death at age twenty-three, she was known for her technical expertise, drawing, and poetry.


1 volume ([12] pages, [47] plates on 92 pages, [10] pages) : illustrations ; 25 x 20 x 4 cm

Related Materials

MSS. Eng. c. 6068-6070, d. 2915, Albums of the Edgeworth and Fox families, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford.

Physical Description

Bound in half calf with marbled boards, very thin gilt dentelles along calf edge at spine and corners; gilt title on spine. Album pages in various colors, tissue guards are interleaved.


Spine title: Drawings by Charlotte Edgeworth.

Jennifer Brcka
2019 October 23
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556