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Robert Crozier Collection

Date range: 1783-1910.

A small collection of letters relating to the Manchester artist Robert Crozier (1815-1891).

Crozier first exhibited at the Royal Manchester Institution in 1841, and at the Royal Academy in 1854, but it was the success of an exhibition at Peel Park, Salford, in 1857 that encouraged Crozier and other local artists to set up the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1859.

Shortly after its foundation Crozier was appointed Literary Secretary of the Academy, a position which he held until he was elected Treasurer in 1868, and from 1878 until a month before his death he was President of the Academy.

The collection comprises letters addressed to Crozier, and others collected by him. These include autograph letters of:

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Sir Edwin Landseer
  • William Cowper
  • Edward Jenner
  • Florence Nightingale
  • George Frederic Watts
  • Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
  • Sir Coutts Lindsay
  • Frederic J. Shields

Several letters relate to the fund set up to support the widow and children of William Bradley (1801-1857), the Manchester portrait painter.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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