Collection of drawings and various papers once belonging to Elizabeth Morgan.

Title
Collection of drawings and various papers once belonging to Elizabeth Morgan.
Author
Morgan, Elizabeth, 1800 or 1801-1866.
Publication
1829-1850

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Mixed materialPermit neededAvailablePforz MSSchwarzman Building - Pforzheimer Collection Room 319

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Description
9 items
Genre/Form
  • Drawings.
  • Notated music.
  • Notebooks.
  • Watercolors.
Note
  • Pforzheimer Manuscript (MISC 4467); filed under "Elizabeth Morgan."
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • Elizabeth Morgan, née Bonney. Her birth date remains uncertain, but she was born in London, and was still a minor on 24 April 1818 when she married Thomas Morgan (1786-1862), of Dixon, Morgan and Co., wine and spirits traders. A stained glass window in St. Olave's Church, Hart Street, bears an armorial decoration commemorating the union. Elizabeth was a close friend of the novelist Jane Porter; she signed her letters to Porter with the nickname "Belinda." The Morgans had at least five children: Thomas (1819-1892), who helped run the family business in London; Francis (1820-1876), who moved to Spain to handle the family business's connections there; Aaron Augustus (1822-1888), a clergyman and Shakespeare scholar; Emily Eustatia, married name Gruggen (1828-1909); and Adelaide Elizabeth, married name Beresford (1837-1902). Elizabeth Morgan died at the age of 65, and was buried in All Souls, Kensal Green on 9 July 1866. Her grandson, Fr. Francis Xavier Morgan (1857-1935) was the legal guardian of the fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien.
Call Number
Pforz MS
Author
Morgan, Elizabeth, 1800 or 1801-1866.
Title
Collection of drawings and various papers once belonging to Elizabeth Morgan.
Production
1829-1850
Summary
Five of the nine items appear to have been torn out of the same quarto-sized sketchbook: an original ink drawing of a cavalier soldier, by Robert Ker Porter, signed by him and inscribed to Mrs. Morgan, 25 May 1841; an original watercolor of a women's charitable home inhabitant soliciting donations, signed "E. M."; a pencil drawing of "Bradley Rectory," signed "F. J. G., 1851"; a page of manuscript music, "Le dernier Soupir," signed "M. T."; and a pencil and watercolor copy of R. Westall's portrait of Lady Charlotte Harley, "Lord Byron's Ianthe." The other items include: a small unbound notebook (50 total pages, some blank) in Elizabeth Morgan's hand, circa 1849-1850, which includes biographical notes on Jane Porter, a note on Robert Ker Porter's "Battle of Agincourt" painting, notes from readings, tables of expenses, etc.; a printed invitation accomplished in manuscript, to Mr. & Mrs. Morgan, for an event at Boyle Farm on 30 June 1829, from Lord Chesterfield, Lord Alvanley, Lord Castlereagh, Mr. de Roos, and Mr. Grosvenor; a watercolor of the Rialto Bridge in Venice; and a small pencil drawing, "The House in which Lord Byron died at Missolonghi," signed "E. H., 1834."
Access
Restricted access; Pforzheimer Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Elizabeth Morgan, née Bonney. Her birth date remains uncertain, but she was born in London, and was still a minor on 24 April 1818 when she married Thomas Morgan (1786-1862), of Dixon, Morgan and Co., wine and spirits traders. A stained glass window in St. Olave's Church, Hart Street, bears an armorial decoration commemorating the union. Elizabeth was a close friend of the novelist Jane Porter; she signed her letters to Porter with the nickname "Belinda." The Morgans had at least five children: Thomas (1819-1892), who helped run the family business in London; Francis (1820-1876), who moved to Spain to handle the family business's connections there; Aaron Augustus (1822-1888), a clergyman and Shakespeare scholar; Emily Eustatia, married name Gruggen (1828-1909); and Adelaide Elizabeth, married name Beresford (1837-1902). Elizabeth Morgan died at the age of 65, and was buried in All Souls, Kensal Green on 9 July 1866. Her grandson, Fr. Francis Xavier Morgan (1857-1935) was the legal guardian of the fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien.
Added Author
Morgan, Elizabeth, 1800 or 1801-1866, recipient.
Morgan, Thomas, 1786-1862, recipient.
Porter, Robert Ker, Sir, 1777-1842, artist.
Research Call Number
Pforz MS
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