Harvard: Sarah Ponsonby’s Album

Liz emailed me today about the Ladies of Llangollen holdings at Harvard University.

plas newydd_douglas album

The above is a “rear view” (detail) of Plas Newydd. Sarah’s album contents are ONLINE! Click on the photo, to visit HOLLIS (Harvard’s library database). The library also has a cover letter to Lady Douglas.

The album is described as “A books created by Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler… containing 2 watercolors of their cottage in Wales, a plan of the first floor, and an original poem in French.”

I LOVE the note that the album is “bound in quilted white and pink silk cover and enclosed in a quilted white and pink satin case with two pouches and embroidered in green and gold thread. Includes a netted silver thread purse with silver tassels.” A photo of the album itself (or the purse) seems not to be present.

Pity…

ALSO of great interest is a listing called SOUVENIRS OF Mme. DE SÉVIGNÉ, described as “10 drawings – pen and watercolor; bound volume containing views and plans of houses associated with Mme. de Sévigné”. By Sarah Ponsonby. W-O-W!

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