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Nineteenth-century author William Makepeace Thackeray is best known for his novel Vanity Fair, a portrait of English society. In addition to his talent in writing satire, he was also a skilled artist, producing many sketches and drawings that illustrate his life in Victorian England.

The William Makepeace Thackeray collection includes manuscripts of writings, drawings, and letters. Several items are of particular interest, including Thackeray's pocket sketchbook of pencil drawings, dating from 1840, and a set of 12 character illustrations for Vanity Fair, which were rendered in watercolor by Joseph Clayton Clarke, better known as Kyd. Among the correspondents are George Cruikshank, William Charles Macready, John Reagan, John Ruskin, and several family members, including his mother, Anne Becher Thackeray Carmichael-Smyth, and his daughter, Anne Thackeray Ritchie.

This collection was digitized as part of Project REVEAL (Read and View English & American Literature).

 

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