University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Charles Augustus Howell:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Howell, Charles Augustus, 1840?-1890
Title: Charles Augustus Howell Collection
Dates: 1857-1882, undated
Abstract: Includes letters written and received by Charles Augustus Howell, the Portuguese-born English artists' agent and art dealer. Present are Howell's letters to Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as letters Howell received from Edward Coley Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and other notable artists.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2038
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English and French
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Michael Ramsey, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 3 ALS to Brown, 1873-1874. With this: AN re these letters by Helen Rossetti Angeli.
1.6 1 TccL to Parsons, J. R., 17 November 1872. Written on TccL from Howell to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 17 November 1872.
79 ALS, 3 ALS / incomplete to Rossetti, Dante Gabriel:
1.2 1872.
1.3 1873.
1.4 1874.
1.5 1875.
1.6 80 TccL, 1 TccL / incomplete to Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1872-1875. Transcriptions of originals in 1.2-5.
1.7 31 ALS, 2 ALS / facsimiles, 1 telegram to Rossetti, William Michael, 1865-1882. With ALS of 10 June 1882: ALS to T. G. Wharton, Martin & Co., 10 June 1882.
ALS / facsimile to Rossetti, William Michael, 17 November 1857.
ALS to T. G. Wharton, Martin & Co. re Rossetti, William Michael, 10 June 1882. With: ALS of Howell to Rossetti, William Michael, 10 June 1882.


1.8 Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, Sir, 1833-1898. ANS to Howell, undated.
Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910. ALS to Howell, 5 January 1858.
Leighton, Frederic Leighton, 1830-1896. ALS to Howell, undated.
Linton, W. ALS to Howell, undated.
Poynter, Edward John, 1836-1919. ALS to Howell, 8 January 1867.


1.9 Armstrong, Thomas, 1832-1911. ALS to Howell, 10 March 1867?
Boyce, George P. ALS to Howell, undated.
Boyce, George P. ALS to Howell, 23 December 1865.
Brown, Ford Madox, 1821-1893. ALS to Howell, Frances Catherine "Kitty," undated.
Burton, Frederick William, Sir, 1816-1900. ALS to Howell, 9 March 1866.
Carlisle, George James Howard, 1843-1911. ALS to Howell, undated.
Colvin, Sidney, Sir, 1845-1927. ALS to Howell, undated.
Corder, Rosa. TccL, 3 TccL extracts to Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1875-1876.
Cruikshank, Eliza. ALS to Howell, 20 September 1866.
Fry, Clarence E. 5 TccL to Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1876.
Howard, N. ALS to Howell, undated.
Howell, Charles Augustus. TccL to Fry, Clarence E., 25 November 1875. Written on TccL from Clarence E. Fry to Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 6 April 1876.
Inchbold, John William, 1830-1888. ALS to Howell, 4 February 1869.
Legros, Alphonse, 1837-1911. ALS to Howell, undated. Written in French.
Marks, Henry Stacy, 1829-1898. AN to Howell, undated.
Millais, John Everett, Sir, 1829-1896. ALS to Howell, 26 October 1869.
Prinsep, Valentine Cameron, 1838-1904. ALS to Howell, circa 1867.
Sandys, Frederick, 1829-1904. 2 ALS to Howell, undated.
1.10 Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. 21 ALS, 2 ANS to Howell, 1866-1872.
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. ALS to Howell, undated.
1.9 Shields, Frederick James, 1833-1911. 7 ALS to Howell, 1866-1873.
Shields, Frederick James, 1833-1911. ALS to Howell, undated.
Smetham, James, 1821-1889. ALS to Howell, 25 July 1872.
Solomon, Simeon, 1840-1905. ALS to Howell, undated.
Thomas, W. C. ALS to Howell, circa 1866.
Watts, George Frederic, 1817-1904. 6 ALS to Howell, 1870. With this: ALS of Watts, G. F. to Sayard? introducing Howell, 25 June 1869.
Watts, George Frederic, 1817-1904. ANS to Howell, undated.
Watts, George Frederic, 1817-1904. ALS to Sayard? introducing Howell, 25 June 1869. With: 6 ALS Watts to Howell, 1870.
Webb, Philip Speakman, 1831-1915. ALS to Howell, 7 October 1868.
Woolner, A. G., Mrs. 2 ANS to Howell, 30 March no year, undated.
Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892. 4 ALS to Howell, 1857-1870.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date