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Dante Gabriel Rossetti letter to William Houghton Clabburn, before 1864 April 23?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 5
Call Number: MSS 31

Scope and Contents

"My dear Mr. Clabburn,

The peacocks have arrived safely and are gorgeous beyond expression -- real treasures! I have housed them for the moment in a large disused servants' hall in the basement, but am going to have other provision made for them immediately. Many and many thanks for them --

[Text lacking, due to removal of letterhead]

The cock seems very tame and tractable - the hen less so as yet. Your experience of her is a warning I will bear in mind and will attend to your directions.

It will be a pleasure to thank you in person, when I hope you turn up here shortly.

Pray return very heartily Mrs. Clabburn's kind remembrances & believe me yours very sincerely,

DG Rossetti

[In margin]: At this moment the peacock has just been brought up into my studio and is consoling himself before the fire after rather close quarters in the hamper."


  • before 1864 April 23?


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (3 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 19 x 23 cm, folded to 19 x 12 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Letterhead excised. Rossetti refers to his peacocks in a letter to William Michael Rossetti on 1864 April 23 (see Fredeman, 64.54). Assuming that the peacocks are those given to Rossetti by Clabburn, the present letter must have been written before that date.

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