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Coventry Patmore Collection

 Collection — Box: VMF 11, Folder: 15
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf132

Undated. Autograph letter signed from Patmore to unidentified person. 1 page

1890 February 18. Autograph letter signed from H. Buxton Forman to Mr. [Walter Brindley] Slater. 1 page

Original illuminated title page by Bertha Patmore for Henry Patmore's Poems, 1 item


  • Creation: 1890


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Biographical Information

Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (July 23, 1823 – November 26, 1896) was an English poet and critic best known for The Angel in the House, his narrative poem about an ideal happy marriage. Patmore was born at Woodford in Essex and was privately educated. He was his father's intimate and constant companion and inherited from him his early literary enthusiasm. It was Patmore's ambition to become an artist. He showed much promise, earning the silver palette of the Society of Arts in 1838. In 1839, he was sent to school in France for six months, where he began to write poetry. On his return, his father planned to publish some of these youthful poems; Patmore, however, had become interested in science and poetry was set aside.

He later returned to writing however, enthused by the success of Alfred Lord Tennyson; and in 1844 he published a small volume of Poems, which was original but uneven. Patmore, distressed at its reception, bought up the remainder of the edition and destroyed it. In 1846, Patmore was appointed the post of printed book supernumerary assistant at the British Museum, a post he occupied for nineteen years, devoting his spare time to poetry.

Bertha and Henry were two of Coventry Patmore's children; Henry died at twenty-two before seeing his poetry published. H. Buxton Forman was a Victorian-era bibliographer and bookseller who corresponded frequently with Patmore. Walter B. Slater was an avid book collector and a friend of Forman's.

Method of Acquisition

Originally laid in Amelia by Coventry Patmore. PR5142 A38 1878 4o. Accession number 1380, January 8, 1973

Processing Information

Processed February 1976

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 18: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

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Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
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