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Theodore Watts-Dunton Letters

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 21 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832-1914) was an English critic and poet. He was close friends with English poets Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Algernon Charles Swinburne.

William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919) was an English writer and critic, brother to poets Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and a founding member of the group known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Theodore Watts-Dunton Letters consists of four letters dated from his home "The Pines." The letter to William Michael Rossetti, on mourning paper, inquires about a sale of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's picture "Brimful," and sends thanks for note on Dante. The letters to Appleton & Co. discuss the possibility of a biography of Swinburne. Only the first, signed "Watts," is in Watts-Dunton's hand, the others were written for him by his secretary.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Subject Headings


Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919.
Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914.

Corporate Bodies

John Appleton & Co.


Authors, English -- 19th century.
Poets, English -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Theodore Watts-Dunton Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1970.

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