More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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FORD MADOX BROWN

BIOGRAPHERS devote a great part of their books to an estimate and criticism of the achievements of the persons whose lives they are writing. In the case of the creative arts, books, pictures and compositions can be examined in order to illustrate not only the genius and talent but the personality of the artist; and letters and impressions from friends help to fill in the details of the portrait. When there is a diary which can be quoted an entirely different and very valuable element is introduced which immediately brings us much closer to the subject and makes that which may often run the risk of being an elaborately dressed lay figure into a living person. Of course the diary must be more than dry memoranda of engagements for it to be worth introducing at all. But if it chances to be a good one, it becomes for those who are seeking the man or the woman the most interesting part of the book.

The extracts from Ford Madox Brown's diary are not all contained in one book. Only a few after 1856 are given in the biography by his grandson, Ford M. Hueffer, and the earlier quotations, which are the best, are published in W. M. Rossetti Pre-Raphaelite Diaries and Letters. What we get of the diary, cut, trimmed and incomplete though it be, gives us something of Ford Madox Brown which we could not extract from his pictures or from his association with the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

In early years he was certainly a fresh, very natural writer whose chief motive would seem to have been a desire to keep a record of his work. There is a natural spontaneity and unconventionality in the style which is particularly attractive. Brown, who was born in 1821, married at an early age, and after living in Paris for a while, came to England in 1844

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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