University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Thomas James Wise:

Literary File Photography Collection



Creator: Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937
Title: Thomas James Wise Literary File
Abstract: Thomas James Wise was an English book collector and biographer who became known for literary forgeries and stolen documents that were resold or authenticated by him. The collection of 163 items, which include photographic portraits of Wise and various other people, negatives of correspondence to and from him and of articles on literary forgeries, and lantern slides of frontispieces and portraits.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-002636
Extent: 0.5 document box (.21 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 163 items by and related to the English book collector and biographer Thomas James Wise. Included are portraits of Wise and various other people, such as Joseph Conrad, Harry Buxton Forman, Herbert E. Gorfin, Edmund Gosse, Thomas Hardy, Clement King Shorter, and James Patterson Smart. There are also negatives of correspondence to and from Wise and of articles on literary forgeries from the Symington Collection at Rutgers University, and lantern slides of frontispieces and portraits. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file.

This file forms a part of the Literary Files photography collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures and businesses, and generally include portraits and images taken or collected by and/or of those people and businesses.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.


Index Terms

People
Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937.
Subjects
Authors, English--19th century--Portraits.
Authors, English--20th century--Portraits.
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Portraits.
Document Types
Acetate negatives.
Gelatin silver prints.
Lantern slides.
Nitrate negatives.

Related Material

Additional materials by and about Wise can be found in the Ransom Center's Thomas James Wise Collection and Thomas James Wise Art Collection.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Internal transfer

Processed by:

Susan McClellan, 2006, and Sarah Sauri and Kait Dorsky, 2016


Item List

Location
1.1 Portraits of Wise as a middle-aged man.
Location
osb Enlarged photographic reproductions of half-tone prints of portraits of Wise.
Location
Cold storage Negative for 982:0019:0001.
Negative for 982:0019:0002.
Negative for 982:0019:0004.
Negative of a portrait of Wise as a middle-aged man.
Location
1.2 Portraits of Wise as a middle-aged man sitting at his desk.
Location
Cabinet storage Negative for 982:0019:0012.
Location
1.3 Portraits of Wise as an older man, including Wise wearing a cap and gown and Wise in his library.
Location
osb Photographic reproduction of a half-tone print made from a portrait of Wise as an older man, wearing a cap and gown.
Location
1.4 Photographic reproduction of a half-tone print of a drawing of Wise.
Location
Cabinet storage Negative for 982:0019:0024.
Location
1.5 Images of Wise as an older man with unidentified women.
Location
Cold storage Negative for 982:0019:0026.
Location
1.6 Portraits of Herbert Athol Wise (brother of Thomas James Wise), Joseph Conrad, Herbert E. Gorfin, Harry Buxton Forman, James Patterson Smart, Clement King Shorter, Thomas Hardy and Edmund Gosse.
Location
Cabinet storage Negative for 982:0019:0032.
Location
1.7 Portrait of two unidentified men.
Location
Cold storage Negative for a portrait of an unidentified man seated at a desk.
Location
Cabinet storage Portrait of an unidentified man.
Portrait of an unidentified woman.
Location
1.8 Views of Wise’s library in Hampstead.
Location
1.9 Color snapshots and photographic postcard of the exterior of Wise’s house, Heath Drive, London.
Location
Cold storage Color transparencies for 982:0019:0045-0047.
Location
1.10 Photographic reproductions of a letter and postcard to Wise.
Location
Cabinet storage Negatives of correspondence.
Location
Cold storage Negatives of Wise obituaries.
Negatives of letters to editors about Wise's forgeries.
Negatives of an articles on Wise's literary forgeries.
Location
Cabinet storage Lantern slides of book plates and frontispieces.
Location
1.11 Photographic reproductions of bookplates.
Location
Cabinet storage Lantern slides of book plates, frontispieces, and portraits.
Location
1.12 Images pertaining to Carter and Pollard’s research on the Wise forgeries.



Index of Photographers

  • Chappuis, P. E. (Paul Emile), 1816-1887--982:0019:0041
  • Elliott & Fry--982:0019:0033-0034
  • Gorfin, Herbert E. (Herbert Edwin), 1877 or 1878-1942--982:0019:0001-0003, 0010
  • Hughes & Mullins--982:0019:0035
  • J. Russell & Sons--982:0019:0016-0019
  • Swanwick, Peter--982:0019:0013-0014, 0020
  • Walker, Emery, 1851-1933--982:0019:0016-0019
  • Wrightson, Hay--982:0019:0036