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Diaries

 Subject
Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Refers to books containing the daily, personal accounts of the writer's own experiences, attitudes, and observations. Use "journals (accounts)" when referring to an individual's or an organization's account of occurrences or transactions.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Diary, 1854 August 23-September 14

 Item — Vol. 1: [39002106142301]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph diary describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857. Includes nineteen pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes, all of which illustrate journal descriptions. Inscribed on the verso of the front cover: “Mrs. Fenton / Haven Green House / Ealing / London”. Also includes playbill for the ‘opera comique’ Les Diamans de la Couronne, and a funeral announcement. A watercolor of “Kitty Kirby” in miniature...
Dates: 1854 August 23-September 14

Diary, 1854 September 14-22

 Item — Vol. 2: [39002106142319]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Continuation of Ellen Fenton’s holograph diary detailing her family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1854. Includes fourteen pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes, all of which illustrate journal descriptions. Also includes one receipt for “Lemoisson-Desille, Porcelaine, Cristaux, et Verrerie.” Inscribed on back cover: “Written by Ellen Fenton, Haven Green House, Ealing, London, 1854.”Volume 2 picks up Fenton’s journal in mid-September of 1854, with a...
Dates: 1854 September 14-22

Diary, 1856 August 2-August 20

 Item — Vol. 3: [39002106142327]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph diary describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857. Includes twenty-five pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions. This volume includes a program for the “Procession Générale de l’Assomption et de la Station en l’honneur de N. – D. de Boulogne,” which Fenton also translates into English (with her own annotations), bound with the journal. In her entry for Saturday August 2nd, 1856, Fenton...
Dates: 1856 August 2-August 20

Diary, 1856 August 20-September 2

 Item — Vol. 4: [39002106142335]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: A continuation of Ellen Fenton’s holograph journal describing a family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857. Includes twenty pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions. This volume contains three playbills, for: Une femme qui se jette par la fenetre, La Dame de St-Tropez, and Le Bonhomme Jadis. Also containing: a letter from Mr. Atkinson; a hand-drawn music score “From...
Dates: 1856 August 20-September 2

Diary, 1856 August 2-26

 Item — Vol. 5: [39002106142343]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph diary describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-mer, 1857. This first volume would be later worked up into Fenton’s fair copies of her 1856 diaries (Volumes 3 and 4). The existence of this draft version suggests that Fenton created preliminary drafts for all of her journals, though this is the only one present. The handwriting, as well as prose style, is less legible in this draft volume than in subsequent volumes. She also sometimes uses different names for her...
Dates: 1856 August 2-26

Diary, 1857 August 22-September 14

 Item — Vol. 6: [39002106142350]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph diary describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857. Includes seventeen pages of watercolor drawings and pen & ink sketches of local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions. This volume contains one drawing by Fenton’s daughter ‘Deeny’ of a “Boulogne Procession,” and the unfinished and varying quality of this volume’s sketches suggests that some of the other Fenton children may have made contributions. A funeral notice for “Mme...
Dates: 1857 August 22-September 14

Diary, 1857 September 14-September 29

 Item — Vol. 7: [39002106142368]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Continuation of Ellen Fenton’s holograph journal, describing a family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1857. Includes twenty-eight pages of watercolor drawings featuring local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions. This volume also contains a hand-written list of “Objects [sic] Cassée” [broken objects], most likely charged to Fenton by her landlord at the conclusion of the family’s stay.Although she extols the simplicity and ‘picturesque’ nature of the...
Dates: 1857 September 14-September 29

Diary, 1860 July 17-August 11

 Item — Vol. 8: [39002106142376]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph journal describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1860. Includes eleven pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions. On page eleven, Fenton also includes a sketch of the Colonnade ballroom floor plan. This volume contains letters from Fanny Crawford and Officer Crawford (of the 15th Bombay Regiment), clippings of “The Pope’s Irish recruits” from 27 July 1860 and “To Englishmen Settling in Boulogne” and a...
Dates: 1860 July 17-August 11

Diary, 1862 August 25-September 9

 Item — Vol. 9: [39002106142384]
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Holograph journal describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1862. Includes 42 pages of watercolor drawings of local people, scenery and landscapes to accompany journal descriptions--the most numerous of all of her volumes. This volume contains three clippings, “The Nouveau Riche in Boulogne” (September 24, 1862), “Our Leader of Last Week” (October 1), a brief synopsis of the burlesque “A Fuss Amongst the Fogies” (October 8), along with letters to the editor. It also...
Dates: 1862 August 25-September 9

Diary Fragment

 Item — Vol. 10(a)
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: A loose page from a diary, most likely from Volume 9 (1862) or later. A watercolor drawing of “our last ball” shows Dall dancing in the officer’s quadrille.
Dates: 1854-1862

Diary Fragment

 Item — Vol. 10(b)
Call Number: MSS 28
Scope and Contents: Loose pages of a journal by Ellen Fenton. This diary describes life in Ealing, England, suggesting that Fenton kept diaries when in England, separate from her Boulogne travel diaries. This fragment also indicates that her son “Dick” (Adolphous) worked for his father at John Fenton & Co. wine merchants.
Dates: 1854-1862