Fairfax Murray Papers
Date range: 1849-1919.
Letters and papers of Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), Pre-Raphaelite painter and art collector.
Fairfax Murray worked as a copyist for John Ruskin and was assistant to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. He later worked as a buying agent for the National Gallery and a consultant for Messrs Agnew, but is best known as a collector of art.
The collection numbers over 1,500 items.
There are important groupings of material relating to Sir Edward Burne-Jones, including:
- letters from his wife Georgiana and photographs of the Burne-Jones and Morris children
- letters and photographs relating to Charles Augustus Howell, who was for many years Ruskin's secretary and later close companion of Rossetti, Whistler and Swinburne
- letters and papers of the sculptors and brothers William, Henry and Charles Behnes
In addition there are over 700 letters to Fairfax Murray from a wide range of correspondents and 200 letters exchanged between other correspondents.
These include many of the leading figures of the contemporary art world, such as:
- Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
- George Cruikshank
- Myles Birket Foster
- William Holman Hunt
- Frederic Lord Leighton
- William Morris
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- John Ruskin
- Frederick Sandys
- Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
- Recorded in published handlist of English Manuscripts (English MSS 1278-1283).
Published microfilm: John Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Arts and Crafts Movement: the Ruskin, Holman Hunt, Fairfax Murray, Spielmann and Related Collections from the John Rylands University Library, Manchester (Woodbridge: Research Publications, 1990).