Philobiblon: Immortalised: Mrs Sarah Wilson, poetess

Monday, January 03, 2005

Immortalised: Mrs Sarah Wilson, poetess

pipes2, originally uploaded by natalieben.

Apologies to Sharon (see previous pipe post comments for explanation), this is a collection of late 19th and early 20th-century figurative pipes.

The one on the top right is described as "Mrs Sarah Wilson, poetess". An extensive web search (not helped by the fact there is a modern poet of that name), found only one possible book of hers, a children's book, Early Recollections, or Scenes from Nature. Intended for Children. This source suggests that her maiden name was Atkins. Anyone know anything more?

She must have been quite well known in her own time, for this is described as "an expensive portrait clay produced from a three-piece mould and finished in baked varnish".

The others are described as, from top left, "a proud lady, a lady motorist, King Edward VII, William Gladstone, Ally Sloper". [More on the last, of whom I had not previously heard, here.]

From Clay Tobacco Pipes, Eric G. Ayto, Shire, 2002. (Illustration from page 18)

In case you want some more information, try the Society for Clay Pipe Research. (No I didn't make that up, I promise.)


Blogger chlgeorge said...

As carnivals are all the rage your post puts me in mind of a carnival of portraiture posts in blogs. Or it could be a theme of one of the history carnivals Sharon has suggested over on Cliopatria. I'll definitely make sure this goes in. :)

1/03/2005 03:31:00 pm  
Blogger Trish said...

I don't know anything about Mrs. Sarah Wilson, but I do like smoking paraphernalia. I just bought a rose agate cigarette holder. My old ivory cigarette holder with carved roses broke when I dropped it. They were apparently rather common so I don't think I'll have trouble picking up another one. I've been wanting to buy my husband a Ronson art deco touch-tip cigarette table lighter with the clock for several years, but they're expensive - about $300.00 and up. That lighter is the same one Humphrey Bogart used in "The Maltese Falcon."

1/03/2005 04:38:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Good idea Claire - I do think pictures liven up a blog so an all-illustrated carnival would be rather fun.

And Trish I'd imagine you've tried eBay - in fact after all of this I had to have a browse and currently have a bid running on a (bowl section-only) Buffalo Bill clay pipe from the Thames - a perfect present for my godson. (I don't think his mother would thank me if it was a complete one - might introduce bad ideas!)

1/03/2005 05:11:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

Sarah Atkins, afterwards Lucy Sarah Wilson. (1801-1863).

Joseph Smith noted that Sarah Atkins of Chipping Norton, a Friend (ie. Quaker) married Daniel Wilson, the clergyman son of the Bishop of Calcutta: 'On changing her religious profession she was baptized in the name of Lucy'.

Published noted in the catalogues, which are not always 100% accurate, and include attributions:

'Fruits of Enterprize Exhibited in the Travels of Belzoni in Egypt and Nubia.' London: Harris & Son, 1821. BL 1298.d.21. 9th ed: 1841.

'The India Cabinet Opened: in which many natural curiosities are rendered a source of amusement to young minds, by the explanations of a mother.' London: Harris and son, 1821. BL 1488.e.46.

'Botanical Rambles, designed as an early and familiar introduction to the Study of Botany.' London: 1822. BL 972.a.24. [Rep. 1826]

'A Visit to Grove Cottage, for the entertainment and instruction of children.' London: Harris & Son, 1823. BL 12807.l.51.

'Augustus and his Squirrel' London: Printed and sold by J. & C. Evans ... West Smithfield, [c.1825]. Fiction. BL C.121.aa.5.(EV.1.).

'The Coral Necklace; intended for the amusement of children'. London: J. & C. Evans, [1825?] BL 012808.k.1.(4.).

'The Pearl Bracelet.' London: J. & C. Evans, [1826?]. BL

'Relics of Antiquity, Exhibited in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.' London: Harris, [1825]. BL

'The juvenile rambler: in a series of easy reading lessons. Designed for children.' London: [c.1827]. 2nd, 1830, BL 12985.e.8. Re-arranged with a variant title, London: 1838.

'Real stories: taken from the narratives of various travellers.' London: Harvey & Darton, 1827. BL 1210.h.9.

'Early recollections, or Scenes from nature: Intended for children.' London: J. Harris, 1828. Bod. Reminiscences of a happy girlhood.

'Memoirs of John Frederic Oberlin, Pastor of Waldbach in the Ban de la Roche compiled from authentic sources, chiefly in French and German' London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1829. 2nd ed, 1830, BL [10th ed, 1852]

'The little reader; a progressive step to knowledge.' London: Harris, [c.1830]. BL 012808.e.2.

'A Sister's Poems: For the amusement and instruction of children.' London: Harvey & Darton, [c.1830]. vi, 174pp. Osborne Coll., Toronto. Osborne Cat., II, 661.

'Mamma's Bible Stories'. [1st, 1834.] 7th ed., London: J. Harris, 1848. BL 03128.e.60.

'Amusing anecdotes of various animals; intended for children.' London: Printed and sold by J. E. Evans ... West Smithfield, [c.1835]. 2nd ed. BL C.121.aa.5.(EV.3.).

'Sequel to Mamma's Bible Stories' London: John Harris, 1842. BL 1210.d.35.

'Short and simple Prayers, with hymns for the use of Children.' London: Grant & Griffith, 1844. BL 1220.b.34.

'Fanny and her mamma; or, easy reading lessons. With hints for nursery discipline.' London: Grant & Griffith, 1848. BL 12805.d.34.

'The Fugitive Slaves in Canada.' London: Seeley & Co., 1858. BL 4193.a.63.

'Bible Scenes; or, Sunday employment for very young children. ... Fourth series. Miracles of our Saviour.' London: Grant & Griffith, [1850]. BL 3126.a.48.

Trinity College, Dublin have a 'Book of Common Prayer' (1761) once owned by a 'Sarah Wilson', although this may be someone else.

1/30/2006 03:12:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks Clanger - you are an absolute star. Can I just ask, if you happen to pop back, if you found this with a general access source, or if not what source you used? (Obviously this was some time ago, but I seem to recollect searching all of the (to me) obvious databases at the British Library.)

1/30/2006 06:25:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

COPAC is wonderful, but not always complete, and so should be used in tandem with the BL's own online catalogue when surfing.

In the BL you should be able to use the subscription-only databases: ESTC (for references) and EEBO (for full texts). New purchases by the BL only appear on the ESTC database in the first instance.

The list was supplemented by info from Marjorie Moon's bibliography of Harris's publications, and the new Darton bibliography.

1/31/2006 09:48:00 am  

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