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Charles Robert Leslie Collection

Call Number: MSS 15
Scope and Contents

The collection comprises sketchbooks, writings, and correspondence by Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859) and his family. Leslie was known best for his paintings of literary subjects, although his oeuvre included portraiture, history paintings, and selected literary works. The collection was compiled by Leslie's son, George Dunlop Leslie, also a celebrated genre painter, and represents the years, 1812 to 1900. The collection includes documents related to Leslie's wife, Harriet, as well as some of his children, Mary, Harriet, George, and Robert Charles. Additional materials include correspondence from Tom Taylor and Peter Powell, representing some of Leslie's most important professional and personal relationships.

The largest portion of correspondence comprises letters from Leslie's wife, Harriet. The letters were originally placed in a paper folder (appearing to date from the time of George Dunlop's selection of these items) with a note reading, "Letters cheifly [sic] from Mrs Leslie to C.R. Leslie RA mostly from different sea-side places. Broadstairs, Benbridge, Brighton, etc. dates between 1836 1850. also some from the children at the same time to their father C.R. Leslie./ also a few answers from CRL/ very amusing & characteristic examined & selected by G.D. Leslie 1898."

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of the Yale Center for British Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection


The collection is divided into three series: I. Albums and sketchbooks; II. Writings; III. Correspondence.

circa 1812-1900
2 Linear Feet (1 box + 5 volumes)
Related Names
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859
Leslie, Bradford, 1831-1926
Leslie, George Dunlop, 1835-1921
Leslie, Harriet Honor Stone, 1799-1879
Leslie, Harriet Jane, 1828-1864
Leslie, Mary, 1833-1907
Maclise, Daniel, 1806-1870
Powell, Peter, ca. 1775-1855
Language of Materials